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Stevie Smith and Authorship
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Stevie Smith and Authorship

William May


This book is a full-length study of the British novelist, poet, and illustrator Stevie Smith (1902–71). It draws on extensive archival material to offer new insights into her work, challenging conventional readings of her as a dotty eccentric. It reveals the careful control with which she managed her public persona, reassesses her allusive poetry in the light of her own conflicted response to written texts, and traces her simultaneous preoccupation with and fear of her reading public. The book follows her work through draft and proof stages, showing her reluctance to cede editorial control to ... More

Keywords: reception theory, poetry publishing, literary biography, women's writing, authorship, illustrations, Stevie Smith, allusion, intertextuality, book history, genetic criticism, performance poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William May, author
Research Fellow in Humanities, University of Southampton
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