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Stevie Smith
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    (September 20, 1902-March 7, 1971)
    Born in Kington upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Florence Margaret Smith
    Wrote the novels 'Novel on Yellow Paper' (1936), 'Over the Frontier' (1938) and 'The Holiday' (1949)
    Published the poetry collections 'A Good Time Was Had by All' (1937), 'Tender Only to One' (1938), 'Mother, What Is Man?' (1942), 'Harold's Leap' (1950), 'Not Waving But Drowning' (1957), 'The Best Beast' (1969) and 'Scorpion and Other Poems' (1972)
    She was nicknamed Stevie because of her resemblance to jockey Steve Donaghue.
    She was obsessed with death.
    She was depressed.
    She suffered a nervous breakdown.
    She was the favorite poet of fellow depressive Sylvia Plath.
    Her father ran off to sea and abandoned the family when she was three.
    When she was five, she developed tuberculosis and was sent away to a sanitarium.
    She avoided sentimentality in her poems.
    She received the Cholmondeley Award for poets (1966) and the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry (1969).

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