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Record 21813

Reading Experience:

'I comforted myself last night when I couldn't sleep, by reading those truly wonderful passages about the shells and sea -nymphs in Sacred and Profane Love. What miraculous beauty.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 23 Dec 1940
Country: England
Time: night
Place: specific address: Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, Yorkshire
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: Sacheverall Sitwell
Title: Sacred and Profane Love
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, Philosophy, Miscellany / Anthology, See additional comments.
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1940
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21813  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edith Sitwell
  Editor: Richard Greene
  Title: Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 212
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edith Sitwell, Richard Greene (ed.), Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (London, 1998), p. 212,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

This is an extract fom a letter to Sacheverall Sitwell dated Christmas Eve 1940 at a time of air raids and a pending law case (libel). Sacheverall described Sacred and Profane Love as the first of his 'travel books of the spirit, explorations in the main of art and artists and reflections that arise from these aesthetic journeys'.



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