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A bibliography of work by and about Stephen Spender

Prepared by Michael Brett
(* Works still in print are marked in bold with an asterisk.)

Works by Stephen Spender


Poetry and drama


Twenty Poems, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1930
Poems, London: Faber and Faber, 1933
Poems, (expanded edition), London: Faber and Faber, 1934
Vienna, London: Faber and Faber, 1934
Trial of a Judge, London: Faber and Faber, 1938
The Still Centre, London: Faber and Faber, 1939
Selected Poems, London: Faber and Faber, 1940
Ruins and Visions, London: Faber and Faber, 1942
Spiritual Exercises, (privately printed), 1943
Poems of Dedication, London: Faber and Faber, 1947
The Edge of Being, London: Faber and Faber, 1949
Collected Poems 1928-1953, London: Faber and Faber, 1955
Selected Poems (2), London: Faber and Faber, 1965
The Generous Days, London: Faber and Faber, 1971
Recent Poems, London: Anvil Press, 1978
*New Collected Poems (ed. Michael Brett), London: Faber and Faber, 1984
The Oedipus Trilogy, London: Faber and Faber, 1985
Collected Poems 1928-1985, London: Faber and Faber, 1985
Dolphins, London: Faber and Faber, 1994
*Selected Poems of Stephen Spender, (ed. Grey Gowrie), London, Faber and Faber, 2009


Fiction

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


Criticism and other prose


New Selected Journals, 1939–1995, London: Faber, 2012
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
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
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Works about Stephen Spender



Related literature

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


Criticism

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


Bibliography

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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