Stevie Smith A Good Time Was Had By All First Ed 1937

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 Stevie Smith : A Good Time Was Had By All First UK Edition 1st Impression Published By Jonathan Cape London 1937 (See Pictures)  

Condition Of Book: Graded Very Good in original blue cloth with vivid silver title lettering to spine.No dust-jacket.The book has a firm binding with NO hinge weakness,no loose leaves etc.Internally the contents and text block remain in nice order with just a little sporadic spotting to the endpapers and a few pages.There are NO previous names or inscriptions present.Author’s second book,8vo 96pp First UK Edition 1st Impression 

STEVIE SMITH: When Stevie Smith was three years old, she moved with her mother and sister to Hopper Road in Palmers Green in North London (200 yards from our old house in London co-incidently) where she would live until her death in 1971.She resented the fact that her father had abandoned his family. Later, when her mother became ill, her aunt Madge Spear came to live with them, and raised Smith and her elder sister Molly and became the most important person in Smith’s life. Spear was a feminist who claimed to have “no patience” with men.When Smith was five, she developed tubercular peritonitis and was sent to a sanatorium in Kent, where she remained for three years.She related that her preoccupation with death began when she was seven, at a time when she was very distressed at being sent away from her mother.Death and fear fascinated her and provide the subjects of many of her poems.Her mother died when Smith was only sixteen years old.When suffering from the depression to which she was subject all her life, Smith was so consoled by the thought of death as a release that, as she put it, she did not have to commit suicide. She wrote in several poems that death was “the only god who must come when he is called”. Smith suffered throughout her life from an acute nervousness, described as a mix of shyness and intense sensitivity.

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