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The Early Unpublished Poems of Edith Sitwell

Edited with an Introduction by Gerald W. Morton and Karen P. Helgeson

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Gerald W. Morton and Karen P. Helgeson

This volume contains the early, but not previously published, poems of British poet Edith Sitwell. Sitwell wrote these poems between 1913 and 1915 and sent them, along with others that have appeared before, to her distant cousin Joan Wake, perhaps the first person other than Helen Rootham to encourage the efforts of the aspiring young poet. While the association with Joan Wake did not last, the poems survived until Wake sold them to the Huntington Library and left copies in the Northamptonshire Historical Society archives. Although clearly the work of a young poet, these works indicate Sitwell's constant interest in technical innovation and the feminine voice.