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Florence Margaret "Stevie" Smith Papers

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

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Title: Florence Margaret "Stevie" Smith Papers, 1943-1970Add to your cart.

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

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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Series 2: Correspondence, 1943-1970Add to your cart.
Letters from Smith to Kay Dick. 61 items
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: [Tower House] Mentions several of her works, identifies autobiographical poems, [1943: March]Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 2: [Tower House] Comments on Kay Dick's poetry; luncheon invitation, 1943: May 28.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 3: [Southgate] Greetings, [1944: May 23]Add to your cart.
autograph post card
Item 4: Tower House. Arranges to collect a manuscript; news, 1945: January 12.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 5: Tower House. Articles for The Windmill, 1945: March 13.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 6: Tower House. Mentions Life Beyond the Gravy [short story], 1945: Septempber 17.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 7: Tower House. Life Beyond the Gravy [short story], 1945: October 2.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 8: Tower House. Submits Life Beyond the Gravy [short story]; luncheon invitation., 1945: December14.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 9: Comments on Life Beyond the Gravy [short story], 1946: February 12.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages, n.p.
Item 10: Typescript note. Tower House, 1946: March 19.Add to your cart.
Item 11: Tower House. Proofs of Life Beyond the Gravy, 1946: October 18.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 12: Tower House. Comments on Olivia Manning's poems, 1947: July 31.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 13: Tower House. Comments on Kay Dick's anthology, 1947: August 6.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 14: [Tower House] Announces projected publication of The Holiday [novel], 1947: November 4.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 15: Tower House. Greetings., 1947: November 26.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 16: Tower House. Possibility of reviewing Bustace and Hilda [novel] by L.P. Hartley., 1947: December 8.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 17: Tower House. L.P. Hartley review; new year greetings., 1948: January 1.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 18: Tower House. Discusses problems in length of Hartley review, fees; announces Penguin publication of Novel on Yellow Paper [novel], 1948: Feb. 17.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 19: Tower House. Submits review; lunches with Olivia Manning; inflation problems., 1948: March 3.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 20: Tower House, 1948: March 15.Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 21: Tower House. Discusses proposed party., [1949]: December 15.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 22: Tower House. Laments Women's magazines; comments on Kay Dick's critical work; news, 1950: October 24.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 23: Review of Kathleen Farrell's book, and Olivia Manning's, 1951: April 2.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page. n.p.
Item 24: Tower House. Thanks Kay for her novel, 1951: July 11.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 25: Tower House. Arranges a meeting, 1951: July 19.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 26: Tower House. Comments on broadcast; luncheon meeting, 1952: July 23.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 27: Tower House. Arranges luncheon, 1952: July 31.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 28: Tower House. Cancels luncheon., 1952: August 18.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 29: Tower House. Thanks for weekend visit, 1952: December 15.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 30: Tower House. Arranges reviews for Kay Dick to undertake; comments on Olivia Manning's novel., 1953: January 22.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 31: Tower House. Sends poem for Kay Dick to translate; comments on photograph of herself in Country Life, 1953: February 26.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 32: Supplies biographical information; comments on travel, poems sold to Punch,plans to go to Dublin Pen Conference., 1953: April 15.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages. n.p.
Item 33: Palmers Green. Arranges luncheon; comments on Not Waving But Drowning [poem], Punch, Kay Dick's novel, translations of Sappho; cancels Dublin trip, 1953: April [28]Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages
Item 34: [Tower House] Comments on Olivia Manning's novel; poems accepted by Punch;laments Women's magazines, 1953: May 21.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 35: [Norfolk] Observes hot weather., 1953: May 23.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 36: Palmers Green. Punch rejections; illness; Olivia Manning; reviews for Spectator, 1953: July 12.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages
Item 37: [Haverford West, Wales] Holiday news; Kay Dick's broadcast, [1953: August 21]Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 38: [Winchmore Hill, Wales] Enjoying holiday, 1953: August 26.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 39: Palmers Green. Thanks for broadcast scripts, comments on faults in it; says The Holiday [novel] is her favorite; arranges a meeting, 1953: September 23.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 5 pages
Item 40: Palmers Green. Asks her to disregard comments on The Holiday [novel], 1953: September 24.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 41: Autograph post card. [Palmers Green] Cancels meeting, 1953: September 28.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 42: Palmers Green. Arranges luncheon; comments on Kay Dick's book; news of her reading, 1953: October 26.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages
Item 43: Palmers Green. Consoles her with her problems, 1953: October 30.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 44: Palmers Green. Arranges a meeting; Listenerhas rejected poems., 1953: November 12.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages
Item 45: Palmers Green. Thanks for script; agitates to get BBC fee; comments on reviews she has done., 1953: November 24.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 5 pages
Item 46: Palmers Green. Comments on Kay Dick's book, 1958: November 22.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 47: [Winchmore Hill, Wales] Greetings, 1959: May 4.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 48: [Palmers Green] Raves about book by Maria Browne., [1959: May 5]Add to your cart.
Autograph post card.
Item 49: Palmers Green. Thanks for unidentified transcript, 1959: November 18.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 50: Holt, Norfolk. Death of Aunt, 1968: March 26.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 51: Palmers Green. Comments on Queen's Medal; agrees to an interview with Kay Dick., 1969: November 8.Add to your cart.
Autograph, 2 pages
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 52: Palmers Green. Comments on poetry readings, illnesses, Olivia Manning's grant, 1970: April 29.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 53: Greetings, [1970: July 17]Add to your cart.
Autograph post card, n.p.
Item 54: Palmers Green. Comments on sister's health, interviews, illnesses, Scorpion [poem], 1970: October 13.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages
Item 55: Palmers Green. Arranges meeting in Brighton, 1970: October 20.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 56: [Palmers Green] Greetings, 1970: November 5.Add to your cart.
Autograph post card
Item 57: Palmers Green. Comments on scheduled interview (See Ivy and Stevie, by Kay Dick), readings, 1970: November 10.Add to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 2 pages
Item 58: Palmers Green. Comments on illnesses, reviews; news of friends, no date Sunday.Add to your cart.
Item 59: Bideford, Devon. Holiday news, reviewing., no date Thursday.Add to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages
Item 60: [Tower House] Arranges a meeting with [Ivy Compton-Burnett]; her recent writing., no date FridayAdd to your cart.
Typed Letter Signed, 1 page
Item 61: [Tower House] Arranges for Luncheon; cheque from John o' London, no dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages

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