's friend and manager, Alec Beesley
(together with Esmé Wynne
), gave her a birthday gift that proved to be an important literary inspiration: a Dalmatian named Pongo.
Grove, Valerie. Dear Dodie: The Life of Dodie Smith. Chatto and Windus, 1996.
Whelehan, Imelda, Deborah Cartmell, and Imelda Whelehan, editors. “’A doggy fairy tale’: The film metamorphoses of The Hundred and One Dalmatians”. Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text, Routledge, 1999, pp. 214 - 25.
Wynne-Tyson, Jon. Finding the Words: A Publishing Life. Michael Russell, 2004.
She formed friendships around this time with other aspiring actresses, Esmé Wynne (who later, as Esmé Wynne-Tyson
, wrote plays, novels, and journalism, and who was always supportive of Smith's career) and Phyllis Morris