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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


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

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


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