Standard Name: Smith, Stevie
Birth Name: Florence Margaret Smith
Pseudonym: S. S.
SS , publishing in the mid twentieth century, was a poet who is hard to categorise. All of her works—poetry, novels, stories, essays, reviews, a radio play, and her inimitable drawings— have a quirkiness, a pretence of naivete which masks an unyielding and uncomforting view of life. All of them, too, are based on her own life and the lives of her friends: the last characteristic brought a number of difficulties like resentment and threats of libel actions.
|Connections Sort descending||Author name||Excerpt|
|Cultural formation||Barbara Pym|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Olivia Manning||
They met and married within a few weeks. Reggie Smith, who was home on leave from a job in Bucharest, was a socialist, a charmer, a philanderer, and a feminist (who was later to edit...
|Family and Intimate relationships||Ivy Compton-Burnett||
But they lived as a couple. ICB distrusted marriage and advised her women friends not to marry if they could avoid it; she also believed that most relationships evolve into a domination of the weaker...
|Friends, Associates||Penelope Fitzgerald|
|Friends, Associates||Cecily Mackworth||
Other friendships made now or later included many with distinguished women, like Ivy Compton-Burnett (whom she found kinder to me than she apparently was to most other people),
and Stevie Smith , whom...
Mackworth, Cecily. Ends of the World. Carcanet, 1987.
|Friends, Associates||Patricia Beer|
|Friends, Associates||Rosita Forbes|
|Friends, Associates||Olivia Manning|
|Friends, Associates||Rumer Godden|
|Friends, Associates||Ivy Compton-Burnett|
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Jane Howard|
|Friends, Associates||Betty Miller|
|Friends, Associates||Naomi Mitchison|
Royal Society of Arts established a scheme (believed to be the first in the world) for setting up commemorative plaques on buildings associated with famous people.
Quinn, Ben. “Plaque blues. Cuts hit heritage scheme”. Guardian Weekly, p. 16.
International Women's News began publication.
Giles Gordon did a series of interviews for The Scotsman with female authors: a species of writer that at the time wasn't particularly recognised, although it certainly had been in the previous century.
10 September 2003
Guardian Unlimited Books named as Site of the Week a website entitled Poetry Landmarks of Britain: a map of poetic assocations plotted on an interactive map of Britain, searchable by region or category.