Stevie Smith and Authorship

Hardcover | September 11, 2010

byWilliam May

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This book is a full-length study of the British novelist, poet, and illustrator Stevie Smith (1902-1971). It draws on extensive archival material to offer new insights into her work, challenging conventional readings of her as an eccentric. It reveals the careful control with which she managedher 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. William May considers the influence of artists such as George Grosz and Aubrey Beardsley on her apparentlyartless illustrations and explores her use of fiction and book reviews as a way of generating contexts for her poetry, offering readers a fascinating in-depth study that not only radically alters our understanding of Smith and her work, but provides new perspectives on British twentieth-centurypoetry and its reception.

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This book is a full-length study of the British novelist, poet, and illustrator Stevie Smith (1902-1971). It draws on extensive archival material to offer new insights into her work, challenging conventional readings of her as an eccentric. It reveals the careful control with which she managedher public persona, reassesses her allusive...

William May is a Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Southampton. He completed a doctorate on the work of Stevie Smith at Balliol College, Oxford in 2007, and lectured at St. Anne's College, Oxford and Bath Spa University before taking up his present position. He has published widely on post-war British literature, and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583374

ISBN - 13:9780199583379

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List of IllustrationsIntroduction1. Reforming a Literary Orphan: Stevie Smith's Poetry in Context2. 'A poet reading'3. Brought to Book: the Publishing History of Stevie Smith4. Towards a Constructive Criticism of Stevie Smith5. 'Observation, discipline, and company': the Overlooked Reader6. Beyond Words: Stevie Smith as a Visual ArtistConclusionBibliographyIndex