Barbera, Jack, and William McBrien. Stevie: A Biography of Stevie Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Barbera and McBrien’s literary biography is well researched and very readable.
Civello, Catherine A. Patterns of Ambivalence: The Fiction and Poetry of Stevie Smith. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1997. An analysis of Smith’s work using feminist theory.
Huk, Romana. Stevie Smith: Between the Lines. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. An assessment of the works of Smith and a study of their cultural significance.
Pumphrey, Martin. “Play, Fantasy, and Strange Laughter: Stevie Smith’s Uncomfortable Poetry.” Critical Quarterly 28 (Autumn, 1986): 85-96. Pumphrey uses some of the basic assumptions of play theory to approach Smith’s poems. He discusses her use of fairy-tale elements and describes her as an “anticonfessional” poet.
Rankin, Arthur. The Poetry of Stevie Smith, “Little Girl Lost.” Totowa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble, 1985. Clearly analyzes Smith’s poetic styles, themes, and attitudes.
Severin, Laura. Stevie Smith’s Resistant Antics. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. Severin’s extensive study challenges the notions of Smith as an apolitical and eccentric poet, instead portraying her as a well-connected literary insider who used many genres to resist domestic ideology in Britain.
Spalding, Frances. Stevie Smith: A Biography. Rev. ed. New York: Sutton House, 2002. A classic biography of Smith that challenges the notion that the writer was a recluse.
Sternlicht, Sanford. Stevie Smith. Boston: Twayne, 1990. Sternlicht’s book is a good introduction to Smith’s work. It includes chapters on her novels and nonfiction as well as chronological descriptions of Smith’s development. The book contains a chronology of Smith’s life and a selected bibliography.
_______, ed. In Search of Stevie Smith. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1991. A collection of biographical and critical essays on the life and works of Smith. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Williams, Jonathan. “Much Further Out than You Thought.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review 2 (Spring/Summer, 1974): 105-127. This article is a meditation by a personal friend of Smith, most interesting for its quotations from a 1963 interview.