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Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell September 7, 1887-December 9, 1964 was an English poet and critic. She was born in Scarborough[?], Yorkshire, of aristocratic but eccentric parentage (Lord and Lady Sitwell of Renishaw Hall[?]). She published her first poem in 1913 and between 1916 and 1921 edited Wheels, a poetic anthology. Fašade[?], published in 1922, and set to music by William Walton received with bemusement by the public. She became a proponent and supporter of innovative trends in English poetry, and opposed herself to what she considered the conventionalism of many contemporary backward-looking poets. She received a Royal Society of Literature medal in 1933, and became a Dame in 1954. In 1955 she became a Roman Catholic. She died at the age of 77.



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