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Florence Margaret "Stevie" Smith Papers, 1943-1970 | MS Manuscripts

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Predominant Dates:1943-1970

ID: MS/MS/ms103

Primary Creator: Smith, Stevie (1902-1971)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 10/05/1971

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Florence Margaret “Stevie” Smith Papers include 61 items of correspondence from Smith to Kay Dick (1943-1970). Also included are two autograph drafts of untitled poem and a typescript draft of "Song of the River Trent."

Collection Historical Note

Florence Margaret “Stevie” Smith (September 20, 1902 – March 7, 1971) was an English poet and novelist. Educated at Palmers Green High School and North London Collegiate School for Girls, Smith worked as private secretary to Sir Neville Pearson with Sir George Newnes at Newnes Publishing Company in London from 1923 to 1953.

Smith wrote three novels, the first of which, Novel on Yellow Paper, was published in 1936. All her novels are lightly fictionalized accounts of her own life.  She also wrote nine volumes of poetry. The first, A Good Time Was Had by All, established her as a poet and soon her poems were found in periodicals. Apart from death, common subjects include loneliness; myth and legend; absurd vignettes, usually drawn from middle-class British life, war, human cruelty and religion. Her last collection, Scorpion and other Poems was published posthumously in 1972, and the Collected Poems followed in 1975. She was awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1966 and won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 1969.

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Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

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If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Bertram Rota

Acquisition Method: Accession number 1299

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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Item 1: Song of the River Trent [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Inscribed to Kay Dick and Kathleen Farrell: “To remind us literary chaps that others, too, have their troubles -- Love to Kay & Kathleen from Stevie.”
Item 2: Untitled poemAdd to your cart.
Autograph draft, 2 pages. First line reads: "He comes to my room." 2 items

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