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Edith Sitwell (September 7, 1887 - December 9, 1964)

Dame Edith Sitwell was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. Sitwell's closest emotional bond was with another woman, Helen Rootham. In 1903, Rootham, an aspiring poet who translated the works of Arthur Rimbaud into English, was engaged as her governess. In 1913, the two women left the Sitwell family home and set up lodgings in a small, shabby flat in Pembridge Mansions, Bayswater. In 1927, she allegedly fell in love with homosexual Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew. The relationship lasted until 1928, the same year that Rootham underwent operations for cancer. Edith moved to Paris in 1932 with the terminally ill Rootham, to live with Rootham’s younger sister, Evelyn Wiel, and she remained there until her companion's death in 1938. During the Second World War, Sitwell returned from France and retired to Renishaw with her brother Sir Osbert Sitwell and his lover David Horner. In August 1955, she converted to Roman Catholicism and asked author Evelyn Waugh to serve as her godfather. Tchelitchew died in July 1957. Her brother Osbert died in 1969, of Parkinson's disease, diagnosed in 1950.

Timeline & Places:

• September 7, 1887: born at Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW, Regno Unito

• 1900s: lived at 25 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HG, Regno Unito

• 1914: lived at Pembridge Mansion, 18-92 Moscow Rd, London W2, Regno Unito, sharing with Helen Rootham (1875–1938)

• 1950s: lived at The Sesame Club, 49 Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 3HP, Regno Unito

• 1961: lived at Greenhill, Hampstead High St, London NW3, Regno Unito

• 1960s: lived at Bryher House, 20 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RS, Regno Unito

• December 9, 1964: died. Buried at St Mary and St Peter, Weedon Lois, Towcester NN12 8PP, Regno Unito


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