Vita Sackville-West by Mary Ann Caws
Selected Writings

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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 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.
 

About Mary Ann Caws

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Mary Ann Caws is a renowned critic of the Bloomsbury circle, modernism, and surrealism. She is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Henri Peyre French Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY.Preface by Nigel Nicolson is the son of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. He recently published a biography of Virginia Woolf in the Penguin Lives series and is the author of the acclaimedPortrait of a Marriage.
 
Published June 29, 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here, yet again, are the scandalous dramas and farcical crises of Vita and Violet's elopement from their husbands, the outrage and outrageousness of Vita's terrible mother, and the much quieter, complex, erotic intimacy of Vita and Virginia.

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One of these last, taken from the record she kept of a grueling book tour of the United States in 1933, will provide an American audience with a glimpse into the disdain visiting British aristocrats of the time often felt for the accents and manners of their American hosts as well as the drearily...

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London Review of Books

True enough, even if she wasn’t sure she liked the idea of travel: ‘Perhaps – and for the Nicolsons there are few greater sins – it is middle class, like saying “weekend” or getting a knighthood.’ Oof, and he continues and ends with the reference to her netting ‘the butterfly of the moment’.

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