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Edith Sitwell was an important member of the modernist movement in England. She was primarily a poet and secondarily a literary critic, though her personal polemics, biographies, anthologies, letters, and autobiography all reflect her unique personality and power as a literary stylist.
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7 September 1887 ES was born at Wood End in Scarborough, Yorkshire, an estate belonging to her paternal grandmother. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1913 The young ES had a poem, "Drowned Suns", printed in the Daily Mirror: this success helped to precipitate her decision to leave home and move to London the following month. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 December 1916 ES and her brothers edited and published a volume entitled Wheels, the first in a poetry anthology series which she made an annual event until 1921. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 December 1917 With her brothers, ES edited the Second Cycle of her poetry anthology, Wheels. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 January 1919 With her brothers, ES issued the Third Cycle of her poetry anthology, Wheels. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 November 1919 With her brothers, ES edited the Fourth Cycle of her poetry anthology, Wheels. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1920 With her brothers, ES edited a Fifth Cycle of her poetry anthology, Wheels. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1921 ES and her brothers issued a Sixth and final Cycle of their poetry anthology, Wheels. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 January 1922 Façade, ES's suite of poems written to music by the nineteen-year-old William Walton, had its first (private) performance at 2 Carlyle Square, Chelsea. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 June 1923 The first public performance of Façade by ES and William Walton was given at the Aeolian Hall, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 July 1957 ES published a new Collected Poems, on which she had been doing steady work. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 December 1964 ES died at St Thomas's Hospital in London, of a cerebral haemorrhage. Bibliographic Citation link.
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