Sitwell, Edith (Dame) ~ Very Good collection of Edith Sitwell correspondence with 6 ALS and 3 related items
An excellent collection of correspondence relating to a poetry reading. Set comprises 6 ALS from Edith Sitwell to Dorothy Dudley Short together with 2 letters from Osbert Sitwell to same, both signed and a related telegram.The six autograph letters signed, 'Edith Sitwell', Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, near Sheffield, and penultimate letter The Sesame Club, 49 Grosvenor Street, London W1, dated between 21 July to 6 September 1943 and the last on 2 October 1945. All addressed to Dorothy Dudley Short in connection with the poetry recital at the Wigmore Hall on 14 September 1943, the first apologising for not replying earlier but the letter must have been lost and that her 'brother Osbert and I will be delighted to read for you on Tuesday the 14th of September, at the Wigmore Hall. I hope my telegram reached you yesterday (included). We hope the Reading will be a great success and bring in a lot of money'. The second letter asking to be sent a complete list of the other poets, the third letter saying that they have not chosen the poems yet but that she will be reading her 'Lullaby' (Street Songs), saying that Osbert asks 'to recommend you most strongly to confine the poets to 6 minutes each, the fourth letter mentioning 'I am afraid the two poor young ladies in the programme will feel very nervous - not so much of the audience, as of having to read before Mr Eliot, Dr Whaley, Mr Blunden and ourselves... ', and concluding that they still do not know the poems they will be reading. The final letter returning the book sent to her and Osbert for corrections, together with one related autograph letter and one typed letter signed from Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969), undated (but chronologically early in the series) and 19 June 1943, the typed letter suggesting that T.S. Eliot is most unlikely to accept the invitation to read and 'Lord Gorell, I am sure, would be admirable for a Chairman, but not for a poet. The matter of his inaudibility may or may not be a good thing', a few holograph corrections. All letters a little creased and frayed with pin hole to upper left corners, the telegram frayed with losses to edges. Of the 8 letters 1 is 1pp 6 are 2pp and 1 is 3pp, all 8vo.
BINDING : Softcover
INVENTORY NUMBER: 107894