About Mary Howitt

Mary Howitt (1799-1888) was an English poet, and author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly. Together with her husband William Howitt she wrote over 180 books. She also translated many of Hans Christian Andersen's tales. Their work was well regarded; in 1839 Queen Victoria gave a copy of Mary's book Hymns and Fireside Verses as a gift. William and Mary mixed with many important literary figures of the day including Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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  • The Spider And The Fly

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    “Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
    'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
    The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
    And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.”

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