This novel was written as the sequel to Stevie Smith's highly successful debut Novel on Yellow Paper (1936), which had been followed with the first volume of her poetry a year later, A Good Time Was Had by All (1937). In fact, Over the Frontier was completed towards the end of 1936, as its narrator Pompey Casmilus records:
I am involved in the proof corrections of my first novel, even while I write these words, so well on now into the second. Perhaps it is a little debilitating to being a second whilst the first is on hand?
Like its predecessor, Over the Frontier is a partly autobiographical work, and shares the previous book's self-conscious metafictional voice. T…
May, William. "Over the Frontier". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2006
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