Sitwell, Sacheverell (1897-1988)
The Sacheverell Sitwell collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and other items.
Manuscripts by Sitwell in the collection are present in various forms, including notebooks, typed and handwritten manuscript pages, and page proofs. Titles include Liszt (Faber & Faber, 1934); “Autobiographical Literaria” (1940); Splendours and Miseries (Faber and Faber, 1943); “Essay for Almeida Garrett: Lecture on Centenary” (1954); “American Notes and Pictures in Italy by Charles Dickens” (1957); “Notes on Domenico Scarlatti and Italy” (1966); For Want of the Golden City (Thames and Hudson, 1973); The Netherlands (B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1974); an untitled work (1977); Valse des Fleurs (Fairfax Press, 1980); Catalysts in Collusion: A Book of Catalysts, (M. Battison 1980); numerous poems, most in notebooks (1931-1977); various pieces of short prose; and other miscellaneous writings. Also present are several drafts of Mildred K. Abraham’s “More on the Sitwells: Sir Sacheverell and His Artists” (1980-1981).
Correspondents in the collection primarily consist of personal letters to and from Sitwell. Letters from Sitwell to others include about 30 letters to Peter Hunt (1948-1969); two letters to Maurice Willson Disher (1944); and nine letters to various others (1931-1973), including Bernard Van Dieren. Letters from others to Sitwell includes correspondence from Richard De La Mare (1936); Charles T. Osborne (1964); John Gwynne (1972); Patrick Leigh Fermor (1980); Sitwell’s wife, Lady Georgia Sitwell (1952), and his typist, Meg Battison (1980).
Printed material in the collection includes several publicity items, including brochures for exhibitions on the Sitwells, as well as a dust jacket mockup for For Want of The Golden City . Also present is an album of newspaper clippings (1929-1958) supplied to Georgia Sitwell; included are reviews of Sacheverell Sitwell’s books, reviews of William Walton’s music, items regarding Frances Doble, and items on the Sitwells and their social circle.
Other material in the collection includes a short handwritten diary (1929-1937) and an itinerary for a trip to Spain (1966).