Volume of Manuscript Poems by Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The leather bound presentation volume contains three manuscript poems in fair copy by Edith Sitwell. They are: 'Lullaby', first published in Times Literary Supplement (16 March 1940) and then in E. Sitwell, Poems Old and New (1940); 'Dirge to the New Sunrise', first published in Orion IV (1947) and then in E. Sitwell, The Canticle of the Rose (1949); and 'The Canticle of the Rose', first published in Wake (1948) and then in The Canticle of the Rose.

Additional notes refer to the circumstances of the writing of the first two poems (after the bombing of Hiroshima) and to other literary allusions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edith Sitwell, poet and critic, was the daughter of Sir George Reresby Sitwell, 4th Baronet, and elder sister of the writer Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell. She published her first volume of poetry, The Mother, in 1915, and continued to write both poetry and prose throughout her life.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue to item level, 1 p
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue to item level, 1 p

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The volume was presented to the University Library by a local resident in 1963. It had been given by Sitwell to a relative as a Christmas present in 1945.