Wheels 1919 – cover

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Wheels 1919 cover

Wheels 1919
cover design (using Gun Drill c.1919) for Wheels no. 4, 1919

Wheels, published annually from 1916 to 1921, was a modernist anthology of verse edited by Edith Sitwell, primarily as a vehicle for her and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell, in opposition to the Georgian Poetry volumes edited by Edward Marsh. Other poets who appeared in Wheels included Nancy Cunard (whose poem in the first issue beginning 'I sometimes think that all our thoughts are wheels / Rolling forever through the painted world' gave the series its title), Iris Tree and Aldous Huxley, and the 1919 volume was dedicated 'to the memory of Wilfred Owen, M.C.', whose work it introduced, a year after he had died in the First World War.

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