In her preface, Dame Edith Sitwell
said, "I knew that I was seeing for the first time the work of a poet with a great, even an astonishing, and perfectly original gift," and that his works "are amongst the most beautiful written in our time." It's all wonderful praise, indeed, heaped upon our National Artist, but these were words said more than half a century ago.
As if this wasn't enough to convince you, the gorgeous Georgian period cottage used to be home to Dame Edith Sitwell
DBE, the British poet and critic, who is famous for works like The Canticle of the Rose.
Dame Edith Sitwell
wrote: "I'd like to strangle Leavis." (11) One reviewer wrote to him that criticism of his writing was not a criticism of him as a person.
Dame Edith Sitwell
, author of the book English Eccentrics puts it down to "that peculiar and satisfactory knowledge of infallibility that is the hallmark and the birthright of the British nation." Just how this idea of infallibility will work out over the soon-to-begin Brexit negotiations is anyone's guess.
It is believed that Dame Edith Sitwell
compiled part of her Facade collection of poems at the property while living there.
Besides its many virtues, the book offers the kind of information that Waugh would have enjoyed, like the fact that Barry Humphries, the creator of Dame Edna Everage and the son-in-law of Stephen Spender, opened a horticultural show with "As for me, I'm no ordinary mother and wife, / I was Dame Edith Sitwell
in a previous life." Still better is Sitwell's attribution to Eliot in his Practical Cats period of Tweety's lines, "I tort I taw a Puddy-Tat." It's an unexpected delight to imagine Sitwell watching cartoons.
The sale also includes a photograph of Dame Edith Sitwell
with her cat Leo, which she was so impressed with that she later wrote to Gerson: "How kind of you to send me these lovely photographs of Leo.
Among various commercial recordings of Facade is a fascinating but only partial rendition with Dame Edith Sitwell
herself and tenor Peter Pears.