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(7 September 1887 - 9 December 1964 / Scarborough, Yorkshire)

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell
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Edith Sitwell was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, the only daughter of the eccentric Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet, of Renishaw Hall; he was an expert on genealogy and landscaping. Her mother was the former Lady Ida Emily Augusta Denison, a daughter of the Earl of Londesborough and a granddaughter of Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort. She claimed a descent through female lines from the Plantagenets.

Childhood

Sitwell had two younger brothers, Osbert (1892-1969) and Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) both distinguished authors, well-known literary figures in their own right, and long-term collaborators. Sacheverell married a Canadian woman, Georgia Doble, in ... more »

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  • ''Jane, Jane,
    Tall as a crane,
    The morning light creaks down again;''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet. Jane, Jane,/ Tall as a crane (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann a...
  • ''The light would show (if it could harden)
    Eternities of kitchen garden,''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet. Jane, Jane,/ Tall as a crane (l. 14-15). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann...
  • ''I'm not the man to baulk at a low smell,
    I'm not the man to insist on asphodel.
    This sounds like a He-fellow, don't you think?
    It sounds like that. I belch, I bawl, I drink.''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet, critic. "One-Way Song."
  • ''Mother or Murderer, you have
    given or taken life—
    Now all is one!''
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet. Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dirge for the New Sunrise (l. 14-16). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Unt...
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