friends and favourites no. 8: dame edith sitwell
edith's mother was upset by her unusual features and great height.
Dame Edith, that "throwback to the Plantagenets" as she likes to put it, sat erect in the corner of a cosy cretonne sofa. The sofa was in the television room of the London Ladies Club and her face lit it as the moon would illuminate a bus. Her face is in fact as alien to the conventional human face as the moon is to an electric light bulb.
jane bown may 1959