Stephen Spender

Standard Name: Spender, Stephen


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Dedications Iris Murdoch
It was dedicated to the poet Stephen Spender and his wife Natasha .
Family and Intimate relationships Emily Spender
ES 's sister-in-law, the former Lily Headland , became first an essayist as the Rev. L. Spender, then a novelist as Mrs John Kent Spender or Mrs Lily Spender. She was also grandmother...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Jennings
She had a remarkably catholic talent for friendship. During her student days she became a friend of Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis . Her correspondents at this and later periods of her life included her...
Friends, Associates Rosamond Lehmann
RL was also a great success with the art-historian Bernard Berenson . Among a younger generation of artists and writers whom she often welcomed as guests were Siegfried Sassoon , W. H. Auden , Christopher Isherwood
Friends, Associates Anna Wickham
She helped the poet Stephen Spender early in his career by bringing his work to the attention of Louis Untermeyer .
Untermeyer, Louis. From Another World: The Autobiography of Louis Untermeyer. Harcourt, Brace.
Friends, Associates Amabel Williams-Ellis
Her political activities kept AWE at the centre of London's socially-conscious literary circles. Guests at The Well of Loneliness tea-party included Virginia Woolf , Rose Macaulay , Vita Sackville-West , G. B. Shaw , and...
Friends, Associates W. H. Auden
It was during his undergraduate years that WHA formed close friendships with his near-contemporary and fellow writer Christopher Isherwood and with fellow poet Stephen Spender . For a while these three were seen as a...
Friends, Associates Lady Ottoline Morrell
LOM continued to entertain in London, hosting such guests as Ethel Smyth , Elizabeth Bowen , Stephen Spender , Max Beerbohm , Hope Mirrlees , Djuna Barnes , Charlie Chaplin , the novelist Henry Green
Friends, Associates Penelope Mortimer
When PM met Stephen Spender , he was groaning about someone raving about some trash which she immediately identified as [m]y book.
Mortimer, Penelope. About Time Too: 1940-1978. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Friends, Associates Vita Sackville-West
VSW was rather apt to turn her friends into lovers. She also developed a strong rapport with more than one man with whose wife she was sexually involved: Denys Trefusis and later Roy Campbell ...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bowen
Frequent guests at Bowen's Court (where, says Victoria Glendinning, they ate and drank royally)
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf.
included William Plomer , Sean O'Faolain , and Cyril Connolly . Virginia Woolf stayed there once; Iris Murdoch also...
Friends, Associates Edith Sitwell
In Paris ES frequented Sylvia Beach 's bookshop. She saw more than before of Gertrude Stein , whom she liked for her personal qualities but called the last writer whom any other writer in the...
Friends, Associates Frances Cornford
Frances Cornford met the poet Stephen Spender and his wife Natasha .
Cornford, Hugh et al. “Frances Cornford 1886-1960”. Selected Poems, edited by Jane Dowson and Jane Dowson, Enitharmon Press, p. xxvii - xxxvii.
Friends, Associates Edith Sitwell
During her first visit to the USA, ES met Charlie Chaplin , Greta Garbo , and Marianne Moore . A press party at the Gotham Book Mart in New York was attended by ES ...
Friends, Associates Christopher St John
Audience members included Virginia and Leonard Woolf , Stephen Spender , William Plomer , Raymond Mortimer , Eddy Sackville-West , and Eardley Knollys .


By October 1928: Stephen Spender, as an Oxford undergraduate,...

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By October 1928

Stephen Spender , as an Oxford undergraduate, self-published a booklet of poems entitled Nine Experiments.

February 1936: The awesome trio of political theorist Harold...

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February 1936

The awesome trio
Laity, Paul. “The left’s ace of clubs”. Guardian Unlimited.
of political theorist Harold Laski , publisher Victor Gollancz , and writer and Labour MP John Strachey established the Left Book Club (LBC) .

October 1953: The influential literary and cultural magazine...

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October 1953

The influential literary and cultural magazineEncounter was launched in London; the editors were Stephen Spender and Irving Kristol .


Eluard, Paul, and Marc Chagall. The Dour Desire to Endure. Translators Spender, Stephen and Frances Cornford, The Trianon Press, 1950.