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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 por Vita Sackville-West

Passada toda a paixão (1931) 1,174 exemplares
The Edwardians (1930) 764 exemplares
Saint Joan of Arc (1937) 445 exemplares
No Signposts in the Sea (1961) 313 exemplares
The Illustrated Garden Book (1986) 252 exemplares
Family History (1932) 238 exemplares
Pepita (1937) 197 exemplares
Passenger to Teheran (1926) 142 exemplares
Seducers in Ecuador [and] The Heir (1924) 128 exemplares
Knole and the Sackvilles (1922) 120 exemplares
English Country Houses (1941) 119 exemplares
The Eagle and the Dove (1943) 117 exemplares
Challenge (1923) 114 exemplares
Some Flowers (1937) 112 exemplares
In Your Garden (2000) 106 exemplares
The Heir (1922) 71 exemplares
The Land (1926) 67 exemplares
Heritage (1919) 60 exemplares
A Joy of Gardening (1656) 56 exemplares
The Dark Island (1934) 55 exemplares
The Garden (1946) 46 exemplares
The Easter Party (1953) 44 exemplares
Virago Omnibus II (1728) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
In Your Garden Again (1953) 31 exemplares
More for Your Garden (2004) 24 exemplares
Berkeley Castle (Great Houses) (1972) 24 exemplares
Devil at Westease (1947) 20 exemplares
Virago Omnibus III (1936) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Grand Canyon (1942) 20 exemplares
The Land and the Garden (1644) 16 exemplares
Another World Than This: An Anthology (1945) — Compositor — 16 exemplares
Knole, Kent (1971) 16 exemplares
The Women's Land Army (1944) 14 exemplares
Country Notes (1940) 13 exemplares
Country Notes in Wartime (1940) 13 exemplares
The Dragon in Shallow Waters (1920) 11 exemplares
How does your garden grow? (1935) 11 exemplares
Sissinghurst (1964) 11 exemplares
Even More for Your Garden (2004) 11 exemplares
Nursery Rhymes (1947) 10 exemplares
Correspondance 1923-1941 (2010) 9 exemplares
Seducers in Ecuador (1925) 9 exemplares
Faces: Profiles of Dogs (2019) 9 exemplares
Solitude: A poem (1938) 8 exemplares
Mein Sommergarten (1998) 8 exemplares
Grey Wethers : a romantic novel (1923) 6 exemplares
King's Daughter 6 exemplares
Poems of West and East (2010) 6 exemplares
Collected Poems Volume One (1933) 5 exemplares
Mein Frühlingsgarten (1998) 5 exemplares
Death of Noble Godavary (1932) 4 exemplares
Andrew Marvell (1992) 2 exemplares
Mein Wintergarten (1998) 2 exemplares
Mein Herbst- und Wintergarten (2006) 2 exemplares
Une Anglaise en Orient (1994) 1 exemplar
The Persian Garden (1989) 1 exemplar
Le Défi (Littératures) (2020) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
Love Letters (1996) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Old Shrub Roses (1955) — Prefácio, algumas edições36 exemplares
The Legacy of Persia (1953) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Portrait of a Marriage [1990 TV mini-series] (2006) — Original book — 25 exemplares
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Women on Nature (2021) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
All Passion Spent [1986 TV mini series] (2006) — Original novel — 8 exemplares
Little Innocents: Childhood Reminiscences (1932) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The New Decameron, the Third day — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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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 | 55 outras críticas | 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 | 2 outras críticas | Dec 27, 2023 |
“Someday I’ll write and tell you all the things you mean to me in my mind. Shall I?”
femmedyke | 2 outras críticas | Sep 27, 2023 |
Lovely compilation of letters between Virginia and Vita.
Andy5185 | 2 outras críticas | Jul 9, 2023 |



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