Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings

Vita Sackville West Selected Writings Aristocrat novelist essayist traveler and lover of Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville West lived a fascinating and daring life on the periphery of the Bloomsbury circle She wrote in an astounding vari

  • Title: Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings
  • Author: Vita Sackville-West
  • ISBN: 9780312237608
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aristocrat, novelist, essayist, traveler, and lover of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West lived a fascinating and daring life on the periphery of the Bloomsbury circle She wrote in an astounding variety of genres, including travel narrative, historical and literary studies, poetry, fiction, and essays, and is probably best known or her novels, The Edwardians and All PassAristocrat, novelist, essayist, traveler, and lover of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West lived a fascinating and daring life on the periphery of the Bloomsbury circle She wrote in an astounding variety of genres, including travel narrative, historical and literary studies, poetry, fiction, and essays, and is probably best known or her novels, The Edwardians and All Passion Spent, and incomparable writings about English country houses and gardens Here, for the first time, is an anthology that represents the full expanse of her interests and styles Over half of the works, including intimate diaries and a dream notebook, have never been published Edited by a foremost expert on the Bloomsbury circle, Vita Sackville West Selected Writings provides the best and most accessible introduction to this unique writer.

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  • Vita Sackville-West

    Vita Sackville West was a prolific author, poet and memoirist in early 20th Century Britain who is known not only for her writing, but for her not so private, private life While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf They had an open marriage Both Sackville West and her husband had same sex relationships Her exuberant aristocratic life was one of inordinate privilege and way ahead of her time She frequently traveled to Europe in the company of one or the other of her lovers and often dressed as a man to be able to gain access to places where only the couples could go Gardening, like writing, was a passion Vita cherished with the certainty of a vocation she wrote books on the topic and constructed the gardens of the castle of Sissinghurst, one of England s most beautiful gardens at her home.She published her first book Poems of East and West in 1917 She followed this with a novel, Heritage, in 1919 A second novel, The Heir 1922 , dealt with her feelings about her family Her next book, Knole and the Sackvilles 1922 , covered her family history The Edwardians 1930 and All Passion Spent 1931 are perhaps her best known novels today In the latter, the elderly Lady Slane courageously embraces a long suppressed sense of freedom and whimsy after a lifetime of convention In 1948 she was appointed a Companion of Honour for her services to literature She continued to develop her garden at Sissinghurst Castle and for many years wrote a weekly gardening column for The Observer In 1955 she was awarded the gold Veitch medal of the Royal Horticultural Society In her last decade she published a further biography, Daughter of France 1959 and a final novel, No Signposts in the Sea 1961.She died of cancer on June 2, 1962.

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  • Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings by Vita Sackville-West edited by Mary Ann Caws, with a forward by Nigel Nicholons is a comprehensive look at the writings of Vita Sackville-West. Sackville-West is known in different ways by different people. Many know her as Virginia Woolf's lover. Others despise that description and praise her gardening skills. She was also a poet and novelist, of some worth, and an essayist and critic.Caws takes selections of Sackville-West's writings and provides a deta [...]


  • Vita Sackville-West is one of my favorite literary people.She lived in a time of great change, a Great War and great sexual freedom. She didn't write as much her contemporaries, but she was just as important and vital to the period as Virginia Woolf (a lover of her's) and the Bloomsbury Circle.The selections collected here are illustrations of Sackville-West's passions: her lovers, her husband, her children, her gardens and Knole (her childhood home).To read this collection is to journey back to [...]


  • An excellent collection that should drive the reader to her longer works including her poetry, fiction,biography, gardening and travel writings. What an interesting lady



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