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Edith Sitwell: The Spoken Word

Synopsis
Edith Sitwell was the queen of twentieth-century English poetry, majestically attired in performance and distinctly regal in her delivery. Drawing on previously unpublished BBC broadcasts, this CD presents a complete programme from 1948 in which she discusses her poetry in great technical detail - illustrating her talk with performed poems and extracts - and a live poetry performance recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival of 1956. Among the poems she reads are ‘Aubade’, ‘Dark Song’, ‘The Youth with the Red-Gold Hair’ and ‘The Canticle of the Rose’. The collection is completed with a recording of ‘Still Falls the Rain’, perhaps her most popular poem, taken from a 1946 disc issued with the aim of improving cultural relations with the U.S.S.R.
Series
Spoken Word, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
1948-1956
Availability
out of distribution
Documentation
Booklet including introductory essay
Subjects
Drama; English language and literature; Literature
Keywords
archive sound recordings; literary criticism; radio broadcasting; poetry - 20th century; Sitwell, Edith; creative writing

Distribution Formats

Type
Audio
Format
CD
Price
£9.70
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
71 minutes
Year
2008

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

British Library Bookshop

Email
bl-shop@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/shop External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7735
Fax
020 7412 7172
Address
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Name

British Library Online Shop

Email
bl-shop@bl.uk
Web
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/87294/1/1 External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7735
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Notes
A range of audio publications related to the collections of the British Library’s Sound Archive. Historical topics, wildlife sounds, world music, art and literature are particularly strongly represented. There are also a few DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs based on holdings in the BL. Some of the titles are available for paid audio download.

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