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Record 18898

Reading Experience:

'.....I've been ill with heart trouble - why I can't imagine, as it has always been quite strong so Sachie lent me his country house for a fortnight. I sat on the verandah all day, reading and sleeping. I read a lot of Dryden, in a lovely first edition ( Dryden was by bith a county neighbour, which accounts for the library being full of his work) - Pope, the life of Alexander the Great, of whom there is a portrait wearing a periwig, and delightful eighteenth century books about the moral worth of animals, praising the industry of the Bee, reproving the Ostrich for being a Bad Parent.....'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1926 and 30 Sep 1926
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Northamptonshire
specific address: Weston hall
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 Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Sep 1887
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Christian
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: Life of Alexander the Great
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)
Family Library of Sacheverall Sitwell at Weston Hall, Northamptonshire


Source Information:

Record ID: 18898  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edith Sitwell
  Editor: Richard gGeene
  Title: Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 68-69
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edith Sitwell, Richard gGeene (ed.), Selected letters of Edith Sitwell (London, 1998), p. 68-69,, accessed: 03 July 2022

Additional comments:

Letter to Violet Schiff dated Bank Holiday [1926?] from Renishaw Hall, the Sitwell's ancestral home. This letter is placed between one dated 2nd July 1926 and another dated 16 September 1926. Edith and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverall traditionally stayed at Renishaw Hall during the summer which may account for the date positioning of this letter. In it Edith apologises to Violet Schiff for not writing before due to illness and leaving a letter from Violet behind when she went to Weston Hall ( Sacheverall's home) to recuperate.



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