Smart's first work, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945), immediately established a cult following. Republished in 1966, 1975, 1977 and in Canada in 1982, it has been critically hailed as a masterpiece of poetic prose and a homage to love unique in its style and sensibility. In 1977, following 32 years of silence, 2 new works appeared: A Bonus, a collection of sharp and witty poems, and The Assumption of Rogues and Rascals, a prose-poem that is both a continuation of and a comment on her early work. Smart returned to Canada in 1982 as the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for a year. In 1984 followed a collection of previously unpublished poetry and prose, In the Mean Time. In 1986, Necessary Secrets, a volume of her early journals, appeared, further establishing and enhancing her literary reputation. In 1984, after a brief stay in Toronto, Smart returned to England and her cottage in The Dell, Suffolk.
Author ALICE VAN WART
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