Stevie's alter ego Pompey is young, in love and working as a secretary for the magnificent Sir Phoebus Ullwater, Bt. In between making coffee and typing letters for Sir Phoebus, Pompey scribbles down - on yellow office paper - her quirky thoughts. Her flights of imagination take in Euripedes, sex education, Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church in England, shattering conventions in their wake.
About the Author
Stevie Smith was born Florence Margaret in 1902. When she tried to publish a volume of poems, she was told to 'go away and write a novel'. This was the result. She died in 1971.
A more individual talent than Stevie Smith's you don't get. An artist of utmost sophistication... Novel on Yellow Paper is an unforgettable work that has nevertheless needed to be rediscovered several times since the day it was first greeted, correctly, as a masterpiece. - The New Yorker
Virginia Woolf's roving consciousness lies behind the prose in Novel on Yellow Paper
, but the tone owes more to Dorothy Parker . . . There are distinct intentions behind Smith's engagingly idiosyncratic manner, and every new reading of this book uncovers further depths. When first published in 1936, it overnight turned Smith into a celebrity . . . The subversiveness of this novel has never lost its appeal, its greatness lying in its exuberant celebration of the uncircumscribed spirit. - Independent
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 12th August 1996
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1