Stephen Spender Bibliography   prepared by Michael Brett
 Works by Stephen Spender 


The Burning Cactus, London: Faber and Faber, 1936

The Backward Son, London: Hogarth Press, 1940

Engaged in Writing, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958

The Temple, London: Faber and Faber, 1988


The Destructive Element, London: Jonathan Cape, 1935

Forward from Liberalism, London: Victor Gollancz, 1937

Life and the Poet, London: Secker and Warburg,1942

European Witness, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1946

Poetry Since 1939, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1946

The God That Failed (ed. R. Crossman), 1949

World Within World, London: Faber and Faber, 1951

Learning Laughter, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1952

Shelley, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1952

The Creative Element, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953

The Making of a Poem, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1955

Imagination in the Modern World (lectures), Washington: Library of Congress, 1962

The Struggle of the Modern, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963

The Year of the Young Rebels, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969

Love Hate Relations, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1974

W. H. Auden: A Tribute, (ed.), London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975

T. S. Eliot, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976

The Thirties and After, London: Macmillan, 1978

Letters to Christopher (ed. Lee Bartlett), California: Black Sparrow Press, 1980

China Diary (with David Hockney), London: Thames and Hudson, 1982

Journals 1939-1983 (ed. John Goldsmith), London: Faber and Faber, 1985

(* Spender's works still in print are marked in bold with an asterisk.)

 Works about Stephen Spender 


Cunningham, Valentine, (ed.), The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse, Harmondsworth, 1996

Graves, Robert and Hodge, Alan, The Long Weekend: A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939, London: Faber and Faber, 1940

Isherwood, Chrisopher, Lions and Shadows, London: Hogarth Press, 1938

Isherwood, Christopher, Christopher and His Kind, London: Eyre Methuen, 1977

Isherwood, Christopher, Diaries Volume One: 1939-1960, London: Methuen, 1996

MacNeice, Louis, The Strings are False, (ed. E. R. Dodds), London: Faber and Faber, 1965

Roberts, Michael, (ed.), The Faber Book of Modern Verse (1936 edition), London: Faber and Faber, 1982

Skelton, Robin, (ed.), Poetry of the Thirties, Harmondsworth, 1964

Sutherland, John, (ed.), Stephen Spender, The Authorized Biography, London: Viking, 2004


Bergonzi, Bernard, Reading the Thirties, Texts and Contexts, London: Macmillan, 1978

Caesar, Adrian, Dividing Lines: poetry, class and ideology in the 1930s, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991

Cunningham, Valentine, British Writers of the Thirties, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988

Durrell, Lawrence, A Key to Modern British Poetry, Oklahoma, 1970

Fraser, G. S., Vision and Rhetoric, London: Faber and Faber, 1959

Hynes, Samuel, The Auden Generation, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1976

O'Neill, Michael and Reeves, Gareth, Auden, MacNeice, Spender: The Thirties Poetry, London: Macmillan, 1992

Weatherhead, A. K., Stephen Spender and the Thirties, London: Associated University Press, 1975

Whitehead, John, A Commentary on the Poetry of W. H. Auden, C. Day Lewis, Louis MacNeice and Stephen Spender, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1992


Kulkarni, H. B., Stephen Spender: Works and Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography, New York, 1976

Tolley, A. T., The Early Published Poems of Stephen Spender: a chronology, Ottawa, 1967

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