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Stephen Harold Spender was born on 28 February 1909, his father was a biographer and his background very Liberal. His education was was lacklustre despite going to Oxford, critically though he met some of the greatest poets and authors of the era whilst there including WH Auden and Christopher Isherwood. Along with his contemporaries he sympathised with the Spanish rebels against Franco though unlike some did not fight he did go to Spain and assisted the propaganda war. He was knighted in 1983 and his work is highly regarded with his early work keenly sought by book collectors.
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Title Publisher Date Notes
Nine Experiments by SHS Private 1928 printed by author
Twenty Poems Blackwell 1930 no jacket
Poems Faber 1933  
Vienna Faber 1934  
The Still Centre Faber 1939  
Selected Poems Faber 1940  
Ruins and Visions Faber 1942  
Spiritual Exercises Curwen 1943 125 copies
Poems of Dedication Faber 1947  
The Edge of Being Faber 1949  
Sirmione Peninsula Faber 1954 no jacket
Collected Poems Faber 1955  
Inscriptions Poetry Soc' 1958  
Selected Poems Faber 1965  
The Generous Days Faber 1972  
Recent Poems Anvil 1978 400 copies

Fiction by Stephen Spender
Title Publisher Date Notes
The Burning Cactus Faber 1936  
The Backward Son Hogarth 1940  
Engaged in Writing Hamilton 1958  
The Temple Faber 1988  

Plays by Stephen Spender
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Trial of a Judge Faber 1938  
Oedipus Trilogy Faber 1985  

Prose by Stephen Spender
Title Publisher Date Notes
Destructive Element Cape 1935  
Forward from Liberalism Gollancz 1937 no dw
The New Realism Hogarth 1939 pamphlet
Life and the Poet Secker 1942  
Citizens in War Harrap 1945  
European Witness Hamilton 1945  
Poetry Since 1939 Longmans 1946 no dj
World within World Hamilton 1951  
Learning Laughter Weidenfeld 1952  
The Creative Element Hamilton 1953  
Making of a Poem Hamilton 1955  
Struggle of the modern Hamilton 1963  
Year of the Young Rebels Weidenfeld 1969  
Love Hate Relations Hamilton 1974  
TS Eliot Fontana 1975  
The Thirties and After Fontana 1975  
Letters to Christopher Sparrow 1980  
China Diary Hudson 1982  
Journals 1939-83 Faber 1985  

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