'Sitwell, Edith Sitwell': a word portrait

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'Sitwell, Edith Sitwell': a word portrait

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"Dear Miss Stein, Thank you so much for your letter and the wonderful portrait, which followed me through Spain, and only reached me last night, on my return from Toledo. I read the portrait aloud at dinner to an audience of my two brothers, a young composer called William Walton, and a young painter called Richard Wyndham, and, tired as we were, it exhilerated, stimulated, at the same time calmed our nerves to the extraordinary degree. The sound and rhythm seem to me, if I may say so, inevitability itself - but nobody but you would have found this inevitability. You can have no idea what a delight it is to me that you are going to include this in the book. I am waiting for the appearance of that book with the greatest impatience, and I do hope Duckworth"s will take it, because it is a nice firm, and it will be such a feather in their cap."

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Aged 38 [Experience in 1925, born in 1887]

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Edith subsequently pursuaded Gertrude Stein to cross the Channel from France to lecture in England in Oxford and Cambridge. In June 1926, Stein read 'Sitwell, Edith Sitwell' to an audience at Oxford University. Harold Acton commented "" No, I could not see any likeness, nor apparantly, could Edith, for she was trying not to look as embarrassed as she felt. Sachie looked as if he were swallowing a plum and Osbert shifted in his insufficient chair with a vague nervousness in his eyes"" ( 'Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete' quoted in Victoria Glendinning ' Edith Sitwell,A Unicorn Among Lions'(London 1991 p.118). Thus is Edith's response to Stein perhaps an indication of her inclination for exuberance and effusiveness to those whom she decided to champion.

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Spain
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Sitwell, Edith
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Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
Spain
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'Sitwell, Edith Sitwell': a word portrait

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-18896

Evidence

"Dear Miss Stein, Thank you so much for your letter and the wonderful portrait, which followed me through Spain, and only reached me last night, on my return from Toledo. I read the portrait aloud at dinner to an audience of my two brothers, a young composer called William Walton, and a young painter called Richard Wyndham, and, tired as we were, it exhilerated, stimulated, at the same time calmed our nerves to the extraordinary degree. The sound and rhythm seem to me, if I may say so, inevitability itself - but nobody but you would have found this inevitability. You can have no idea what a delight it is to me that you are going to include this in the book. I am waiting for the appearance of that book with the greatest impatience, and I do hope Duckworth"s will take it, because it is a nice firm, and it will be such a feather in their cap."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

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EuRED : text status
TST4
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TFO15
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TPR207

Reader(s) and listener(s)

Reader
Sitwell, Edith
Aged 38 [Experience in 1925, born in 1887]

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April 23 1925
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EuRED : intensity
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EuRED : lighting
EuRED : testimony
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Notes
Edith subsequently pursuaded Gertrude Stein to cross the Channel from France to lecture in England in Oxford and Cambridge. In June 1926, Stein read 'Sitwell, Edith Sitwell' to an audience at Oxford University. Harold Acton commented "" No, I could not see any likeness, nor apparantly, could Edith, for she was trying not to look as embarrassed as she felt. Sachie looked as if he were swallowing a plum and Osbert shifted in his insufficient chair with a vague nervousness in his eyes"" ( 'Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete' quoted in Victoria Glendinning ' Edith Sitwell,A Unicorn Among Lions'(London 1991 p.118). Thus is Edith's response to Stein perhaps an indication of her inclination for exuberance and effusiveness to those whom she decided to champion.

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/74414
Accessed on 2020/02/23 21:42:47

Related place
Spain
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
Spain
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