Stevie Smith Novel on Yellow Paper ** Author's First Novel ** 1936

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 Stevie Smith : Novel On Yellow Paper First UK Edition 2nd Impression Published By Jonathan Cape London 1936……. The Author’s First Book (See Pictures)  

Condition Of Book: Graded Very Good – in original yellow cloth with vivid black title lettering to spine and upper cover.No dust-jacket.There is some marks and spotting to the outer boards,but the binding is tight and firm and there is NO hinge weakness.Internally the contents and text block remain in nice order with No foxing or spotting to the page edges.There is just one small previous owner’s name to the front endpaper.8vo 252pp First UK Edition 2nd 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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