Anne Stevenson

Standard Name: Stevenson, Anne
Birth Name: Anne Katharine Stevenson
AS is an important contemporary poet, an heir to both the US and the British traditions. She experimented with drama and fiction early in her career. She writes fine criticism, and has edited the poems of others.
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death Frances Horovitz
On 3 December her friends and family held a Frances Horovitz Memorial Celebration at the Young Vic Theatre. Harold Pinter , Anne Stevenson , Roger Garfitt , Michael Horovitz , and others read, sang, and performed her poetry.
Horovitz, Michael, and Frances Horovitz. A Celebration of and for Frances Horovitz (1938-1983). New Departures, 1984.
Family and Intimate relationships Catherine Byron
Michael Farley , editor of Taxus Press , left his wife, poet Anne Stevenson , and came to Leicester, where he lived with CB for three years.
Byron, Catherine. Emails about Catherine Byron to Jane Haslett.
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bishop
In 1963 EB began a new friendship with the American-British poet Anne Stevenson . Stevenson wrote to Bishop, having undertaken to produce a monograph on her for the Twayne series, and a rich epistolary relationship developed.
Astley, Neil. “Elizabeth Bishop: A Bibliography; Elizabeth Bishop: Chronology”. Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery, edited by Linda Anderson and Jo Shapcott, Bloodaxe Books, 2002, pp. 175-00.
Friends, Associates Frances Horovitz
Among FH 's literary friends were poets or writers Anne Stevenson , Harold Pinter , Henry Williamson , Gillian Clarke , Kathleen Raine , Dom Sylvester Houédard , Inge Laird , Jeff Nuttall , and...
Friends, Associates Ruth Fainlight
The friendship of herself and her husband with Ted Hughes survived Plath's death. RF later remembered Hughes and Assia Wevill sharing their wretchedness in the weeks immediately after the catastrophe, but remembered also making Assia...
Health Frances Horovitz
FH was diagnosed with cancer after having gone to the doctor for severe ear pain.
Sources disagree on what kind of cancer she had, but Anne Stevenson in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says...
Intertextuality and Influence Sylvia Kantaris
The poems here are full of places—real ones, like St Ives, Zennor, a rain-forest in Queensland, Australia; also the dystopias of Snapshotland (where everyone is happy all the time.)
Kantaris, Sylvia. The Sea at the Door. Secker and Warburg, 1985.
Intertextuality and Influence Emily Dickinson
Among our contemporary poets, Adrienne Rich has offered this reading of ED 's life and works: Emily Dickinson—viewed by her bemused contemporary Thomas Higginson as partially cracked, by the twentieth century as fey or...
Intertextuality and Influence Emily Dickinson
Because of the extent to which ED 's concentrated and elusive verse, as well as her dissent from religious and social orthodoxies, seem to presage modernism, she has been considered the sole serious writer among...
Literary responses Carol Rumens
Baby Baby Baby won first prize in the Peterloo Poetry Competition in 2003.
Rumens, Carol. Poems 1968-2004. Bloodaxe Books, 2004.
The volume appeared with praise from distinguished quarters. Anne Stevenson called CRone of the few women poets writing today whose...
Literary responses Seamus Heaney
Denis Donoghue in the New York Times Book Review called this the most eloquent and far-reaching book that SH had written, a perennial poetry offered at a time when many of us have despaired of...
Literary responses E. J. Scovell
Admirers of her work include a number of fellow poets: Carol Rumens (who identifies her unemphatic, undeceived and honest observation of what is as the mark of a specifically modern sensibility),
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Anne Stevenson ,...
Literary responses Penelope Shuttle
The poet Anne Stevenson , whose review offered these summaries of Shuttle's imagery, marvelled at the vulnerability of a dead-serious poetic voice(without the defences of aggression, wit, irony, mockery or word-play)
Stevenson, Anne. “Hearing the downpour”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 4059, p. 65.
which makes...
Literary responses Elizabeth Bishop
Sylvia Plath , who began with negative comments about EB , later developed admiration for her fine originality, always surprising, never rigid, flowing, juicier than Marianne Moore who is her godmother.
Rees-Jones, Deryn. “Writing ELIZABETH”. Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery, edited by Linda Anderson and Jo Shapcott, Bloodaxe Books, 2002, pp. 42-62.
Fleur Adcock notes...
Literary responses Elizabeth Bishop
The strength of EB 's influence on British and Irish poetry was variously recognised during the 1980s by Andrew Motion , Seamus Heaney , James Fenton , and Eavan Boland , and during the 1990s...


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Stevenson, Anne. Astonishment. Bloodaxe , 2012.
Stevenson, Anne. Between the Iceberg and the Ship. University of Michigan Press, 1998.
Stevenson, Anne. Bitter Fame. Viking, 1989.
Stevenson, Anne. Black Grate Poems. Inky Parrot Press, 1985.
Stevenson, Anne. Collected Poems, 1955-1995. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Stevenson, Anne. Correspondences: A Family History in Letters. Wesleyan University Press, 1974.
Stevenson, Anne. Elizabeth Bishop. Twayne, 1966.
Stevenson, Anne. Enough of Green. Oxford University Press, 1977.
Stevenson, Anne. Five Looks at Elizabeth Bishop. Bellew, 1998.
Stevenson, Anne. Four and A Half Dancing Men. Oxford University Press, 1993.
Stevenson, Anne. Granny Scarecrow. Bloodaxe Books, 2000.
Stevenson, Anne. “Hearing the downpour”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 4059, p. 65.
Stevenson, Anne. In the Orchard—Poems with Birds. Enitharmon Press, 2016.
Stevenson, Anne. “Inheriting My Grandmother’s Nightmare”. Poetry, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 92-3.
Gittings, Robert, and Frances Bellerby. “Introduction”. Selected Poems, edited by Anne Stevenson and Anne Stevenson, Enitharmon Press, 1986.
Stevenson, Anne. “Is the Emperor of Ice-Cream Wearing Clothes?”. New Review, p. 43.
Stevenson, Anne. “Letter”. Poetry, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 244-5.
Stevenson, Anne, and X. J. Kennedy. Living in America. Generation Press, 1965.
Stevenson, Anne. Minute by Glass Minute. Oxford University Press, 1982.
Stevenson, Anne. Poems 1955-2005. Bloodzxe, 2005.
Stevenson, Anne. Reversals. Wesleyan University Press, 1969.
Bellerby, Frances, and Robert Gittings. Selected Poems. Editor Stevenson, Anne, Enitharmon Press, 1986.
Stevenson, Anne. Selected Poems, 1956-1986. Oxford University Press, 1987.
Stevenson, Anne. The Fiction-Makers. Oxford University Press, 1985.
Stevenson, Anne. “The Geographical Mirror”. Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery, edited by Linda Anderson and Jo Shapcott, Bloodaxe Books, 2002, pp. 31-41.