Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

(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...
  • The ghost of the heart of manred Cain
    And the more murderous brain
    Of Man, still redder Nero that conceived the death
    Of his mother Earth, and tore
    Her womb, to know the pl...
    Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet. Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dirge for the New Sunrise (l. 6-10). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Unte...
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