Iris Tree

Standard Name: Tree, Iris
Birth Name: Iris Tree
Married Name: Iris Moffat
Married Name: Iris Ledebur
Twentieth-century poet IT published three volumes of poetry in her twenties and thirties and a long poem in her old age. Her poems also appeared in verse anthologies, most notably Edith Sitwell 's Wheels, and in various journals. As an actress and daughter of a theatrical family, she also wrote three plays, including one for children. Her early poems often deal with war's destruction of humanity and society, while her later poems consider themes such as God, nature, and sensual love. IT wrote many letters, vivacious and hyperbolic in tone.


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death Viola Tree
After being ill for many months, VT died in London of pleurisy.
Iris Tree 's biographer, Daphne Fielding , mis-dates her death to early 1939.
Fielding, Daphne. The Rainbow Picnic. Eyre Methuen.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(16 November 1938): 9
Education Vita Sackville-West
At thirteen VSW began attending a small day school run by Helen Wolff (whose name is variously spelled in various sources) in South Audley Street, off Park Lane. The staff were mostly male. Vita...
Education Viola Tree
Shortly after her performance as Eurydice, VT moved to Italy to continue her operatic training. She arrived about 5 September 1910 in Milan, where she studied, with intermittent visits to England, until autumn...
Education Nancy Cunard
After NC 's mother left her husband and moved to London, Nancy became a regular pupil at Miss Wolff 's School in South Audley Street, where she had previously attended some classes.
The surname...
Family and Intimate relationships Viola Tree
VT 's two sisters were Felicity, later Lady Cory-Wright , and the much younger poet, playwright, and actress Iris Tree . Iris, who looked up to, admired, and adored Viola, published three volumes of poetry...
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Blackwood
One factor in dividing CB from Freud may have been her involvement with Cyril Connolly , who pursued her although or because he had been a friend of her father's at Eton. In the last...
Friends, Associates Nancy Cunard
Her boredom with this life (her mother's social milieu) was something that she shared with her friend Iris Tree , also a poet. Despite her antipathy towards it, this life presented her with important literary...
Friends, Associates Nina Hamnett
In Paris NH quickly re-acquainted herself with old friends and met new ones, re-establishing her presence at the popular cafés. She re-connected with Marie Wassilieff , Zadkine , Brancusi , Aleister Crowley , and others...
Friends, Associates Aldous Huxley
Those friends of Aldous whom his wife Maria referred to as the brilliant ones,
Bedford, Sybille. Aldous Huxley. Knopf; Harper & Row.
and found intimidatingly intellectual, included T. S. Eliot , Osbert , Edith , and Sacheverell Sitwell , various members...
Friends, Associates Viola Tree
By mid-1917, VT had met the actor-manager Gerald du Maurier , who became an important figure in her life, especially after the blow of her father's death in July that year. Once she had to...
Friends, Associates Una Troubridge
The couple's circle of friends included many notable women: painter Romaine Brooks , writers Natalie Barney , Violet Hunt , and Iris Tree (daughter of actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree), the Duchess Clermont Tonnerre ...
Friends, Associates Caroline Blackwood
CB 's first marriage was a period of intense socializing. She knew virtually everyone in bohemian as well as in fashionable London circles. The painter Francis Bacon , a close friend of her husband's, became...
Reception Nancy Cunard
NC was also the exemplary subject for painters and photographers—Nina Hamnett (who did a drawing of her for ten guineas at the request of Lady Cunard ),
Hamnett, Nina. Laughing Torso. Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc.
John Banting , Eugene MacCown ,...
Textual Features Edith Sitwell
Wheels was a series in opposition: to the First World War, to the cosiness of the Georgian school of poetry, and to the establishment in general. It drew its revolutionary note from the continued influence...
Textual Features Pat Barker
The story begins with the ambitions and emotional entanglements of a small group of Slade School of Art students (two men, Paul Tarrant and the precocious success Kit Neville, and one strikingly talented woman, Elinor...


1904: Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (father of the...

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Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (father of the writers Viola and Iris Tree ) founded an Academy of Dramatic Art at His Majesty's Theatre in the Haymarket, London.

1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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1 January 1916

The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.


Betjeman, John, and Iris Tree. “Introduction”. The Marsh Picnic, Rampant Lions Press, 1966.
Tree, Iris. Poems. Privately printed at the Guardian Press, 1917.
Tree, Iris, and Curtis Moffat. Poems. John Lane, Bodley Head, 1920.
Tree, Iris, and John Betjeman. The Marsh Picnic. Rampant Lions Press, 1966.
Tree, Iris. The Traveller, and Other Poems. Boni and Liveright, 1927.