Stevie Smith - collections
Stevie Smith book collection
The University library purchased the Stevie Smith book
collection at auction in 1979. This includes numerous
books by and about her including many first editions. The
collection also features over 100 newspaper and periodicals
containing poems, articles, articles and reviews by Stevie Smith
and reviews of her work, obituaries and other material.
In addition to this collection the History Centre also houses:
Novel on Yellow
The University had begun to negotiate with
Stevie Smith to purchase the original typescript version of
Novel on yellow paper in 1970 but were not concluded until
May 1972 a year after her death. The text (ref U DP/156) contains
manuscript corrections for the printer and 32 pages of an earlier
This collection includes a large roller blind
(measuring 7 ft by 6 ft) on which she wrote a well-known stanza by
Emperor Hadrian, beginning ‘Animula vagula blandula’. This item
(ref U DP/156/3) , purchased in 1980, having originally hung at the
home of her friend Ronald Orr Ewing and Smith is said to have
written the poem for him at a party in 1969.
13 drawings by Stevie Smith composed as illustrations for poems first
published in 'The Frog Prince', published in 1966
There are also a number of recordings of
Stevie Smith reading her poems including 3 tapes in the British
Council series ‘The poet speaks’ and seven letters to her friend
Ladislav Horvat in 1957 [ref U DP/197].
A brief biography of Stevie Smith and a further reading list are also available.