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Record 18455

Reading Experience:

'But nobody knew when they (the poems) were meant to come to an end; therefore the applause always came in the wrong place, either too soon or too late; either the poem came to an end unexpectedly and was received in complete silence because the audience expected it to continue, or else there was deafening applause in the middle, where the reader had merely paused for breath.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 9 Mar 1892 and 1 Jul 1926
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: London
specific address: Chenil Galleries, Chelsea
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:

Listener:Vita Sackville-West
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 9 Mar 1892
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Novelist
Religion: Unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Virginia Woolf and Sacheverell and Osbert Sitwell were in the audience.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edith Sitwell
Title: [poems]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18455  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vita Sackville-West
  Editor: Nigel Nicolson
  Title: Vita and Harold
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 152
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 1 July 1926 written by Vita Sackville-West to Harold Nicolson.

Citation: Vita Sackville-West, Nigel Nicolson (ed.), Vita and Harold (Great Britain, 1992), p. 152,, accessed: 23 March 2023

Additional comments:

The editor has added a footnote explaining that Vita was attending a performance of 'Facade' in Chelsea and the words of Edith Sitwells' poem were spoken from behind a screen through megaphones.



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