Posted on 08/27/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t tick off a writer, if you can help it.

Poet Edith Sitwell’s recently discovered address book is the reason for this reminder. 

The Guardian reports that the more than three hundred names in her address book include sometimes flattering but also frequently scathing comments about the folks.

Some of the names included are Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Arden, the Queen Mother, and Gore Vidal, though the Guardian didn’t share what notes Sitwell made about them.

It did, however, share some examples of the comments: “Ian, charming American undergraduate to whom I must write,” “Insolent women with the shrieking children!”, and “Well meaning American pest.” 

For more on Sitwell and the other auction-bound items discovered at her family’s manor, head to the Guardian

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