Born into an eccentric and unloving family, Edith Sitwell began publishing poetry in 1913 – her first poem The Drowned Suns edited in the Daily Mirror before compiling a poetic anthology with her brothers, Wheels between 1916 and 1921. inspired by French symbolists, Edith Sitwell imagined greatly technical work that reflected the wounds from her childhood and explored the duality of poetry and music in conceptual-like performances. Having never married, although she was passionately in love with the homosexual Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew, her London home was always widely open to artistic circles. The poems such as Street Songs, in 1942 and The Shadow of Cain, in 1947 she wrote during the war brought her back before the public. A innovator in conservative Great Britain, Edith Sitwell provoked many critics because of her dramatic work but also because of her unusual appearance. The author who resembled Queen Elizabeth I dressed in exotic costumes, brocade and velvet gowns, adorned with gold turbans and huge colourful rings that reflected what she claimed: 'good taste is the worst vice ever invented.'