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Edith Lyttelton's prominent position in society helped to draw attention to her first and best-known play, Warp and Woof, 1904, which took up the issue of sweated labour. Her dramatic oeuvre includes several morality plays, a genre she actively promoted through the Morality Play Society. She produced a single novel. Her non-fiction traces her evolving personal and political interests: she produced a biography of her husband (the politician Alfred Lyttelton), a report for the League of Nations, several treatises on parapsychology, and an account of her travels in India and the Far East, in which she defends British colonialism.
Probably 1865 Edith Sophy Balfour (later EL) was born a British subject at St Petersburg in Russia, where her father did business. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1896 EL published her first and only novel, The Touch of Sorrow: A Study, under the pseudonym 'Edith Hamlet'. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 June 1904 Large crowds gathered at the Camden Theatre for the opening of EL's first play, Warp and Woof: A Drama in Three Acts, which took up the issue of sweated labour in the dressmaking industry. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1917 EL published Alfred Lyttelton: An Account of His Life, a biography of her husband which foregrounds his political career. Bibliographic Citation link.
1937 EL's study of telepathy, Some Cases of Prediction: A Study, was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 September 1948 EL died at her home, 18 Great College Street, Westminster, London, at the age of eighty-three. Bibliographic Citation link.
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