New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth over canary paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, pale blue printed endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First US edition of confessional author Stevie Smith’s uncollected writings, letters and drawings. Known for her pithy, humorous poetry, autofictional novels (particularly her first, Novel on Yellow Paper), and self-taught drawings, Smith was little regarded in the US before the biopic Stevie (1971) brought her posthumous fame. Garnering the attention of a wider audience, this volume comprises lively letters to friends, publishers and acquaintances, poems, short stories, literary reviews, a radio play, and her pen-and-ink drawings (which she insisted, sometimes against her publisher’s advice, be published alongside her poetry). Illustrated throughout in black-and-white; with a preface by her literary executor and friend James MacGibbon. Publisher’s advance review slip and promotional sheet laid in. Originally published in the UK in 1981. Corners gently banged; unclipped dust jacket with minor soiling. Near fine. Item #7932