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Sitwell, Edith Louisa, Dame, 1887 - 1964 (poet, critic and eccentric)


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Poet, critic and eccentric


Oldest child of Sir George and Lady Ida Sitwell, sister of Osbert and Sacheverell.

Other information

Verse publications include 'The Mother' (1915) and an annual anthology called 'Wheels' (1916-21). Prose publications include 'Poetry and Criticism' (1925), 'The English Eccentrics' (1933) and 'Fanfare for Elizabeth' (1946).

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:


Correspondence between E.M. Forster and Edith Sitwell, 1928 - 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/18/514
Scope and Contents

This sub-series consists of two files of correspondence. One includes earlier letters from Edith Sitwell to E.M. Forster. The other includes later correspondence between the two.

Dates: 1928 - 1954

Letter from Edith Sitwell to T.S. Eliot, 1949-06-30

Reference Code: GBR/0272/HB/L/9q
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter to T.S. Eliot.

Dates: 1949-06-30
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: HB/M/21 is reserved (not available to researchers) under the Data Protection Act.

Letters from Dame Edith Sitwell to J.M. Keynes, 1943-08-01 - 1943-08-17

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/302
Scope and Contents

3 autograph letters, signed, one is bound into a volume which also contains a mnuscript copy of 'Lullaby' and some discarded workings for the poem.

Dates: 1943-08-01 - 1943-08-17

Letters from Edith Sitwell, 1924 - 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0272/WJHS/1/92
Scope and Contents

6 autograph letters, signed.

Dates: 1924 - 1942

Letters from Edith Sitwell to Edward Dent, 1948-06-29 - 1948-08-29

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EJD/4/374
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1948-06-29 - 1948-08-29

Letters from Edith Sitwell to GHWR, 1924 - 1925

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/3/388
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1924 - 1925
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.

Letters from Edith Sitwell to JDH, 1932 - 1958

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JDH/26/89
Scope and Contents

27 autograph letters signed. The file also contains a typescript of ntoes on colour by Lorenz Oken, undated.

Dates: 1932 - 1958

Letters to Rosamond Lehmann and Father Philip Caraman, SJ, 1946 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RNL/2/564
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series mostly contains letters addressed to Rosamond Lehmann. However, it includes a few letters sent to Alice Marie Lehmann, Beatrix Lehmann, John Lehmann, Wogan Philipps and Wellesley Tudor Pole. There is also a sequence of letters written by Rosamond Lehmann, which were either unsent drafts, returned to her by the recipient or their heirs, or given to the Archive Centre because they hold particular relevance to her life and writing (RNL/2/341). Letters from unidentified...
Dates: 1946 - 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Some items contain sensitive personal information and are closed to researchers under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998). A request to view these items must be made in writing to the Archivist who will discuss with the researcher the possibilities for obtaining the written permission of the author. A statement to this effect is given with each closed file.

Listed letters, 1948-01

Reference Code: GBR/0272/HB/L/7/b
Scope and Contents This file includes letters from the following (listed in alphabetical order by last name):1. Clive Bell2. Kenneth Clark3. Cyril Connolly4. Douglas Cooper5. C. Day Lewis6. Una Ellis-Fermor7. Frederick Etchells8. E. M. Forster9. Michael Hamburger10. L. C. Knights11. E. V. Knox12. Earl of Lytton13. Sir Eric Maclagan14. John Masefield15. Henry Moore16. Eric Partridge17. William Plomer18. Anthony Powell19. J. B....
Dates: 1948-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: HB/M/21 is reserved (not available to researchers) under the Data Protection Act.

Personal photographs, 1920 - 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0272/STE/4/3
Scope and Contents The photographs comprise:- photograph of JEHS, seated outdoors holding a glass of wine, [1920s];- 'Cara', seated in a bathing suit on a stony beach, 1926;- aeroplanes taken by JEHS on journey from Rotterdam to Croydon, 1930;- a furnished room in the Victorian Exhibition at St Bartholomew's Hospital showing, among the exhibits, the chair and painting loaned by JEHS, [c. 1934];- Elizabeth and Philip Steegman, Edith and Osbert Sitwell, David Horner and an unidentified woman...
Dates: 1920 - 1952
 File — Box: PRESS 3/1/3/4137-4344

University Publisher: Correspondence with Sitwell, E., 1942 - 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/PRESS 3/1/3/4295
Scope and Contents

3 carbon typed letters.

Dates: 1942 - 1947
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Scholarly access to this material may be restricted if it contains information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Please apply in advance to the Cambridge University Press Archivist.