The Idea of Stevie

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Thomas Hardy

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford consider the life and work of Stevie Smith, ‘an eccentric poet with a tenacious reputation,’ through a lens of the pieces written about her in the LRB archive.

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Further reading in the LRB:

Penelope Fitzgerald on Smith’s ‘strange Jerusalem’ (1981)

Susannah Clapp on the writer Stevie Smith and the celebrity called Stevie (1985)

Anthony Thwaite reviews Frances Spalding’s biography of Smith (1988)

Karina Williams on a letter from Stevie Smith (1991)

Matthew Bevis on her poems and drawings (2016)

Other episodes in the series:

Auden Anxieties

Looking at Larkin

Arch Bishop

Hardy's Neutral Tones