Contemporary Writers Can't Afford To Be Snobs

03/01/2011 12:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A biography of the poet Edith Sitwell, published this week, shows what a roaring snob she could be. It seems that she looked down her (startlingly large) nose at more or less anyone who wasn't upper class or an artist. When a member of the public wrote to a newspaper to criticise her work, she said the letter had "taught me the value of birth control for the masses".

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