Books: The E in Edith

TAKEN CARE OF by Edith Sitwell. 239 pages. Arheneum. $5.95.

"Oh, why don't they bury us?" sighs Dame Edith Sitwell in the final chapter of these memoirs, completed shortly before her death last December at the age of 77. "It'd be warmer there." It would be sizzling, as a matter of fact, wherever Dame Edith happened to be. For almost half a century she spat fire and spouted verses that perceptibly elevated the social and intellectual temperature of her times. In this autobiography, a thing of brilliant shreds and banal patches, Dame Edith throws...

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