Sheila Kaye-Smith

Standard Name: Kaye-Smith, Sheila
Birth Name: Sheila Kaye-Smith
Married Name: Sheila Fry
Pseudonym: E. C. Ticehurst
Writing mostly in the first half of the twentieth century, SKS published thirty-one novels, in addition to about twenty works in other genres: biography, criticism, saints' lives, country lore, and books of memoirs (one of them disguised as a cookery book). Almost all her novels are set in the Weald of Sussex, with which her name became closely identified. She called Jane Austen her Bible.
Walker, Dorothea. Sheila Kaye-Smith. Twayne.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation G. B. Stern
She spent her first Christmas as a Catholic with Sheila Kaye-Smith and her husband, T. Penrose Fry , and attended Midnight Mass in the church they had built in their fields, with German prisoners of...
Friends, Associates F. Tennyson Jesse
Gordon Place became the centre of an active female literary community, which included Elizabeth Bowen , Rose Macaulay , Virginia Woolf , Ivy Low (who was also a good friend of Viola Meynell ), Ivy Compton-Burnett
Friends, Associates May Sinclair
Her articles and critical reviews were encouraging for many writers, including T. S. Eliot .
Scott, Bonnie Kime. Refiguring Modernism. Indiana University Press.
Sinclair also made the acquaintance of other women writers, including Alice Meynell , Ida Wylie (a close friend), Rebecca West
Friends, Associates G. B. Stern
One of GBS 's close friends was Sheila Kaye-Smith , with whom she collaborated in works about Jane Austen . Another was Noël Coward , who met her after sending her a fan letter, introduced...
Instructor Noel Streatfeild
Noel's first school, attended as a day-girl, was Hastings and St Leonard's Ladies' College in St Leonards-on-Sea. One of her teachers there was Sheila Kaye-Smith .
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
There Noel first made her mark as a...
Intertextuality and Influence Edna Lyall
In 1912 Virginia Woolf , reviewing a book about Dickens, remarked how in country inns on a wet weekend the walker frustrated by the weather would find on the single bookshelf just two authors: Dickens
Intertextuality and Influence Dora Russell
DR first saw a tamarisk tree as a young girl. This tree grows in Britain, especially near the southern coasts (Sheila Kaye-Smith had used it for local associations in her title Tamarisk Town...
Intertextuality and Influence Stella Gibbons
The idea for the novel germinated while SG was working at the Evening Standard; she wrote much of it while travelling to and from work on the London tube.
Briggs, Asa. A History of Longmans and Their Books 1724 - 1990. Longevity in Publishing. British Library and Oak Knoll Press.
In 1928, the year...
Intertextuality and Influence Stella Gibbons
Such earthy regionalists—who include Thomas Hardy and D. H. Lawrence , as well as Webb and Kaye-Smith —become the butt of SG 's satire in Cold Comfort Farm.
Oliver, Reggie. Out of the Woodshed: A Portrait of Stella Gibbons. Bloomsbury.
66, 112
Reggie Oliver suggests that...
Literary responses Radclyffe Hall
A number of writers rallied in support of RH . E. M. Forster and Leonard Woolf drafted a letter protesting the suppression of The Well of Loneliness. Its signatories included Bernard Shaw , T. S. Eliot
Literary responses Edna Lyall
A later novelist, Sheila Kaye-Smith , wrote that as a child she had known this novel and To Right the Wrong almost by heart.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. Talking of Jane Austen. Cassell.
Literary responses Edna Lyall
Like In the Golden Days (also set in the seventeenth century), this book was a favourite of the young Sheila Kaye-Smith .
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. Talking of Jane Austen. Cassell.
Literary responses Amber Reeves
After the appearance of her first three novels, two critics gave AR a significant place in accounts of the current state of fiction. R. Brimley Johnson characterised her as a sex-explorer, free from either...
Literary responses Stella Benson
Forty-six years after Benson's death, Naomi Mitchison acknowledged that her work had ceased being read, that her fantasy was misunderstood as whimsy. She felt, however, that in 1979 a revival was due.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz.
It is...
Literary responses Theodora Benson
Sheila Kaye-Smith reviewed this in the Sunday Express as a charmingly written book.
Benson, Theodora, and Betty Askwith. Seven Basketfuls. Victor Gollancz.


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Kaye-Smith, Sheila. All the Books of My Life. Cassell, 1956.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Green Apple Harvest. Cassell, 1920.
Anderson, Rachel, and Sheila Kaye-Smith. “Introduction”. Joanna Godden, Dial, 1984, p. xi - xviii.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Joanna Godden. Cassell, 1921.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Kitchen Fugue. Cassell, 1945.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Little England. Nisbet, 1918.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. More Talk of Jane Austen. Cassell, 1950.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Mrs. Gailey. Cassell, 1951.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Quartet in Heaven. Cassell, 1952.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Saints in Sussex. Elkin Mathews, 1923.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Shepherds in Sackcloth. Cassell, 1930.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Songs Late and Early. H. Hamilton, 1931.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Spell Land. G. Bell and Son, 1910.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Sussex Gorse. Nisbet, 1916.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. Talking of Jane Austen. Cassell, 1943.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Tamarisk Town. Cassell, 1919.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The Challenge to Sirius. Nisbet, 1917.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The End of the House of Alard. Cassell, 1923.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The Happy Tree. Harper, 1949.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The History of Susan Spray, the Female Preacher. Cassell, 1931.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The Tramping Methodist. G. Bell and Sons, 1908.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The View from the Parsonage. Cassell, 1954.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. The Village Doctor. Cassell, 1929.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Three Ways Home. Cassell.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila. Weald of Kent and Sussex. R. Hale, 1953.