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Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962)

Autor(a) de Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

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About the Author

Poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West began writing as a child. Born at elegant Knole Castle, scene of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando (1928), Sackville-West was educated in that 365-room dwelling. In 1913 she married Harold Nicolson (see Vol. 3), journalist, diplomat, and biographer. Despite mostrar mais Nicolson's homosexuality and her own lesbian affair with Violet Trefusis, this marriage survived. Poems of East and West, her first book, was published in 1917. She remained unknown except by a small group of literary connoisseurs until 1927, when she received the Hawthornden Prize for a second volume of poetry. At this time she lived in London and was part of the Bloomsbury group, which also included Lytton Strachey (see Vol. 3), E. M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes (see Vol. 3), and Woolf. Sackville-West published many novels and volumes of poetry, biography, and family history, and several books on gardening, as well as book reviews and criticism. All of her writings reflect the same unhurried approach, deep reflection, and brilliantly polished style. Her influence on other writers, especially Woolf, was perhaps greater than her own individual achievement. The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931) are her best-known novels. Sackville-West's son, Nigel Nicholson, recounted the close, but unconventional relationship of his parents in the memoir Portrait of a Marriage, published in 1973. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Vita Sackville-West

All Passion Spent (1931) 1,184 cópias
Grades De Ouro (1930) 771 cópias
Saint Joan of Arc (1937) 449 cópias
No Signposts in the Sea (1961) 314 cópias
The Illustrated Garden Book (1986) 256 cópias
Family History (1932) 240 cópias
Pepita (1937) 200 cópias
Passenger to Teheran (1926) 142 cópias
Knole and the Sackvilles (1922) 125 cópias
The Eagle and the Dove (1943) 120 cópias
English Country Houses (1941) 119 cópias
Challenge (1923) 118 cópias
Some Flowers (1937) 113 cópias
In Your Garden (2000) 108 cópias
The Heir (1922) 72 cópias
The Land (1926) 67 cópias
Heritage (1919) 61 cópias
A Joy of Gardening (1656) 56 cópias
The Dark Island (1934) 55 cópias
The Garden (1946) 47 cópias
The Easter Party (1953) 44 cópias
Virago Omnibus II (1728) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
In Your Garden Again (1953) 31 cópias
More for Your Garden (2004) 24 cópias
Grand Canyon (1942) 21 cópias
Virago Omnibus III (1936) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Devil at Westease (1947) 20 cópias
Knole, Kent (1971) 16 cópias
The Land and the Garden (1644) 16 cópias
Another World Than This: An Anthology (1945) — Compositor — 16 cópias
The Women's Land Army (1944) 14 cópias
Country Notes (1940) 13 cópias
Country Notes in Wartime (1940) 13 cópias
Mein Sommergarten (1998) 12 cópias
Sissinghurst (1964) 11 cópias
Even More for Your Garden (2004) 11 cópias
The Dragon in Shallow Waters (1920) 11 cópias
How does your garden grow? (1935) 11 cópias
Faces: Profiles of Dogs (2019) 10 cópias
Nursery Rhymes (1947) 10 cópias
Seducers in Ecuador (1925) 9 cópias
Correspondance 1923-1941 (2010) 9 cópias
Solitude: A poem (1938) 8 cópias
Mein Frühlingsgarten (1998) 7 cópias
King's Daughter 6 cópias
Collected Poems Volume One (1933) 6 cópias
Poems of West and East (2010) 6 cópias
Death of Noble Godavary (1932) 4 cópias
Orchard and Vineyard (2021) 3 cópias
Andrew Marvell (1992) 2 cópias
Mein Wintergarten (1998) 2 cópias
Une Anglaise en Orient (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
The Persian Garden (1989) 1 exemplar(es)
Vita Sackville-West, Collection (2014) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuinte — 412 cópias
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contribuinte — 236 cópias
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Contribuinte — 192 cópias
Love Letters (1996) — Contribuinte — 181 cópias
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
The Old Shrub Roses (1955) — Prefácio, algumas edições35 cópias
The Legacy of Persia (1953) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Portrait of a Marriage [1990 TV mini-series] (2006) — Original book — 25 cópias
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Women on Nature (2021) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Little Innocents: Childhood Reminiscences (1932) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
All Passion Spent [1986 TV mini series] (2006) — Original novel — 8 cópias
The New Decameron, the Third day — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



British Author Challenge March 2023: Vita Sackville-West & Tariq Ali em 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (Março 2023)
January Read: Vita Sackville West em Virago Modern Classics (Janeiro 2019)


At 88, Lady Slane is widowed, and feels that for the first time in her life, she can live the life she wants, not the life her parents chose for her, or resulted from her husband's career and choices. Her grown-up children, themselves in their sixties, are appalled, but she makes the arrangements and does it, leading to the company of three eccentric men, and a growing interest in her great-grandchildren, who she didn't use to be interested in at all.
queen_ypolita | outras 55 resenhas | Jan 7, 2024 |
Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (1872 – 1956) was the inspiration behind the creation in the 1920s of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. She was also its librarian writing to noted authors requesting that they produce a small manuscript to be specially bound, given one of Queen Mary’s miniature bookplates (designed by E. H. Shepard, who illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh) and shelved in the library.

Some authors reproduced extracts from earlier works in miniature while other authors produced an entirely new work often inspired by the exquisite and whimsical concept of the Dolls’ House itself. Vita Sackville-West’s small work A Note of Explanation was of the latter category being new, original, and amusing.

The early readers of these books can have been very few. Now the Royal Collection is occasionally issuing choice selections from the collection either in facsimile or, as in this case, with an entirely new production. This edition has luxury paper, a pretty binding, lovely endpapers and wonderful illustrations by Kate Baylay.

The Dolls’ House is famously empty of dolls. However, in her story Vita Sackville-West gives the Dolls’ House an occupant, a magical sprite who has witnessed many fairy tales; she knew Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Princess and her Pea, Jack (of the Beanstalk) and, rather unfortunately, Bluebeard. She found Scheherazade ‘long-winded and a bore’.

The nameless sprite – rather like Goldilocks – tries everything in the Dolls’ House; from grand and pedestrian beds, the lift, and the bathrooms that make Aladdin’s palace look rather poor. But she is a lazy sprite and leaves a trail of disorder behind her perplexing the architect and the Queen herself. The identity of this invisible disruptor, Sackville-West writes teasingly, can only be found in a little book in the library, bringing her tale to its circular conclusion. Now we can all learn of her identity and see just how stylish she was thanks to Kate Baylay’s attractive and ingenious illustrations.

This is the end of a little review of a little book from the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
… (mais)
Sarahursula | outras 2 resenhas | Dec 27, 2023 |
“Someday I’ll write and tell you all the things you mean to me in my mind. Shall I?”
femmedyke | outras 2 resenhas | Sep 27, 2023 |
Lovely compilation of letters between Virginia and Vita.
Andy5185 | outras 2 resenhas | Jul 9, 2023 |



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