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A Week in Literary History

September 20th, 2002

In 1902, English poet Stevie (Margaret Florence) Smith (Not Waving but Drowning, 1957) is born in Hull, Yorkshire.

Stevie Smith, b. September 20, 1902, d. 1971

smithstevie.jpgFlorence Margaret Smith received little recognition in her prime for her literary work; it wasn’t until a series of BBC radio readings that she began to accumlate a devoted following, and her reputation has grown since her death. Her novels are based so closely on events from her life that people who were portrayed often complained. But her poetry is her real legacy: humorous, defiant in the face of death and depression, and beautifully evocative.

Suggested Reading Poems Collected Poems, 1975. Novels Novel on Yellow Paper, 1936. The Holiday, 1949.

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