Dame Edith Sitwell was born on Sept. 7, 1887 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. A member of a distinguished literary family; her first book, The Mother and Other Poems, appeared in 1915. She edited the 1916 anthology Wheels, which defined her poetic style. In her WWII-era work, she displays a great mastery of technique. Sitwell was created Dame of the British Empire in 1954. She died in 1964.
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