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Sacheverell Sitwell
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    (November 15, 1897-October 1, 1988)
    Born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Art, music, and architecture critic and poet
    Wrote 'Southern Baroque Art' (1924), 'German Baroque Art' (1927), 'The Gothic North' (1929), 'Spanish Baroque Art' (1931), 'Mozart' (1932), 'Liszt' (1934), 'Narrative Pictures' (1938), 'Splendours and Miseries' (1944), 'Selected Poems' (1948), 'Great Houses of Europe' (1964), 'Gothic Europe' (1969), 'All Summer in a Day: And Autobiographical Fantasia' (1976), 'An Indian Summer: 100 Recent Poems' (1982), and 'Sacheverell Sitwell's England' (1986)
    Brother of Edith and Osbert Sitwell
    He left Oxford without a degree.
    He was distant from his two sons, often ignoring them to go traveling.
    He feuded with his siblings over the estate of their father.
    At Edith's death, he complained about, 'so much adulation of Edith going on... and nothing to encourage her younger brother, completely neglected by all and sundry.'
    His wife said, 'He cannot understand people at all.'
    He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War I.
    He was considered a leading authority on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Liszt.
    Near the end of his life, he declared that he had fulfilled his youthful dream to see every beautiful place in the world. (His pick for the most beautiful place: Venice, Italy.)

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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