Dear Mr. Wilson: Dame Edith Sitwell's letters to J.G. Wilson, 1933-1959
Eckenroth, Lauren D.
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This collection gathers and annotates letters from avant garde poet and biographer Dame Edith Sitwell to John Gideon Wilson, manager ofJ&E Bumpus Ltd., booksellers in London from 1923 to 1959. They were composed while Sitwell was completing Victoria ofEngland (1936) and writing-among other works-/ Live under a Black Sun (1937), Still Falls the Rain (1942), and Fanfare for Elizabeth (1946). The letters reveal their friendship and their fine taste in judging new authors, including Dylan Thomas. In the 1920s and 1930s Sitwell became notorious for her self-promotion, theatrical readings, and eccentric sense of style. These letters to J.G. Wilson show a fascinating and personal side to a woman who built a contentious literary reputation.
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