Stevie Smith: Over the Frontier

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  • William May (University of Southern California)

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…

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May, William. "Over the Frontier". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2006
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