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Novel on yellow paper, or, work it out for yourself Unknown Binding – 1951

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  • Unknown Binding: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1951)
  • ASIN: B0000CHWOM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,051,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A more individual talent than Stevie Smith's you don't get. An artist of utmost sophistication... Her pre-war Novel on Yellow Paper is an unforgettable work that has nevertheless needed to be rediscovered several times since the day it was first greeted, correctly, as a masterpiece - Clive James, the New Yorker

Virginia Woolf's roving consciousness lies behind the prose in Novel on Yellow Paper, but the tone owes more to Dorothy Parker . . . There are distinct intentions behind Smith's engagingly idiosyncratic manner, and every new reading uncovers further depths. When first published in 1936, it overnight turned Smith into a celebrity. It was swiftly followed by the first two collections of her poetry for which, today, she is better known. But the subversiveness of this novel has never lost its appeal, its greatness lying in its exuberant celebration of the uncircumscribed spirit (Frances Spalding Independent)

Stevie Smith captures, with exquisite stillness and delicacy, all the pains of love (Lee Rourke The Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The first novel from Stevie Smith, one of the country's favourite poets, was a runaway bestseller on first publication in 1936. It is as original now as it was then. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Deane on 2 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
I first read this books when I was about eighteen and I must have read it at least 6 times over the last 20 years. Every time I read it I find something new that I missed before: some reference I didn't understand when I was younger. Sometimes I just dip into a chapter or two, especially when I'm feeling sad. It really is one of those books that can make you laugh and cry. It's a book for adults about friendship, depression, love, laughter and everything that goes into making us mature and kind people. The greatest praise I can give this book is that when I come to the end, I usually find myself starting at page one again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BRW on 11 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
A fabulous, intelligent, brilliantly crafted narrative that works on so many levels. Is it fiction? Autobiography? Or even some kind of diary? Smith plays games with us as she plays with her friends, dissecting their appearance, habits, and foibles. Read with this book if you are a person who enjoys intelligent conversation, a philosophical view of life, and a sense of the ridiculous. Avoid, if you are looking for a generic romantic novel. Every sentence sparkles, and every time I re-read it I discover something new. This book should be more widely known and more highly regarded than it is.
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This is a frustrating but entertaining novel - I wanted some of the threads to continue rather than just be dropped, but it's a very modern novel, a really lively voice speaking very directly in exactly the way the author chooses. Glad I read it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Abbott on 13 Jan. 2014
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A book ahead of its time.Happy to have read it. Paperback arrived in good condition. Now passed on to someone else.
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