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Record 18173

Reading Experience:

[Sitwell said] 'I used to read "The Rape of the Lock" at night under the bedclothes by the light of a candle. It's a wonder I didn't set myself on fire. I had memorized it by the time I was twelve'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 7 Sep 1899
Country: England
Time: night
Place: county: Derbyshire
specific address: Renishaw Hall
location in dwelling: in bed
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Edith Sitwell
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Sep 1887
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: later writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alexander Pope
Title: Rape of the Lock, The
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18173  
Source - Print  
  Author: G.A. Cevasco
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Sitwells: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell
  Place of Publication: Boston
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 6
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: G.A. Cevasco, The Sitwells: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell (Boston, 1987), p. 6,, accessed: 29 June 2022

Additional comments:

This anecdote comes originally from Elizabeth Salter, 'The Last Years of a Rebel: A Memoir of Edith Sitwell' and is not necessarily true - other critics suggest she read it only after her younger brothers went to Eton, when she would have been 17 or so.



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