Brought to Book: The Publishing History of Stevie Smith

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583379
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723193 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Brought to Book: The Publishing History of Stevie Smith

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This chapter considers Smith's posthumous publishing history in relation to her own attitude to her printed text. It notes the variety of audiences and markets targeted by recent editions of Smith's work, assesses the posthumous editorial control of her literary executor, and explores her own fear of definitive texts. The chapter follows poems such as ‘Pearl’ through proof and draft stage, considers how 1960s performances allowed Smith to effectively rewrite her poems, and argues that Smith used her illustrations to deliberately disrupt the authority of the printed text.

Keywords: poetry publishing; book history; illustrations; proofs; drafts; genetic criticism

Chapter.  12663 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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