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A Note of Explanation

A Note of Explanation

  • Author: Vita Sackville-West,Kate Baylay
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Editions
  • ISBN: 9781909741522
  • Category: Children's stories
  • Page: 48
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This charming story by a major figure in twentieth-century literature will appeal to adults and children alike. Preserved unpublished on a bookshelf in the library of the dolls' house created for Queen Mary in 1924, this enchanting story is a previously unknown work by the celebrated poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. The delightful tale tells of a spirit who inhabits the dolls' house, unseen by conservators, paying guests to the Castle and even Queen Mary herself. Having seemingly been present for the major moments of fairy tale history such as Cinderella's ball, Sleeping Beauty's waking kiss, and the creation of Aladdin's palace, she has made herself at home in this early twentieth-century house, baffling even its maker. This sumptuous book is beautifully bound in real cloth and uniquely illustrated by Kate Baylay.

Rooms of their Own

Rooms of their Own

  • Author: Nino Strachey
  • Publisher: National Trust
  • ISBN: 9781841657882
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 192
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Evocative, engaging and filled with vivid details, Rooms of their Own explores the homes of these three writers linked to the Bloomsbury Group. Bringing together stories of love, desire and intimacy, of evolving relationships and erotic encounters, with vivid accounts of the settings in which they took place, it offers fresh insights into their complicated, interlocking lives. Complete with first-hand accounts, this book illuminates shifting social and moral attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the 1920s and 30s. “I hold the conviction that as the centuries go on, and the sexes become more nearly merged on account of their increasing resemblances ... such connections will to a very large extent cease to be regarded as merely unnatural, and will be understood far better”. Vita Sackville-West, 1920 In the deep blue Turret Room at Knole sits a battered tin trunk inscribed “Edward Sackville-West: Various Papers”. Hoarded inside were the intimate records of lives lived at the heart of 1920s literary Bloomsbury. Lytton Strachey, James Strachey, Alix Strachey, Duncan Grant, Bunny Garnett and Stephen Tomlin all stayed with Eddy at Knole. Two of these friends – Duncan Grant and Stephen Tomlin – became lovers, filling his rooms with the vibrant outpourings of Bloomsbury creativity. Living in an England where homosexuality was illegal until 1967, Eddy’s design choices were boldly counter-cultural. Eddy’s first cousin, Vita Sackville-West, and her lover, Virginia Woolf, were equally at home in this world, their names permanently associated through the publication of Orlando in 1928. Set at Knole, Woolf’s tribute to Vita created a hero/heroine who evaded categorisations of sex and time, changing as the centuries progress. Linked by an intimate web of relationships, Eddy, Virginia and Vita created homes in Kent and East Sussex which challenged contemporary conventions. While Virginia Woolf and Eddy Sackville-West favoured the bright colours and bold patterns of Bloomsbury, Vita Sackville-West looked backwards to the Elizabethan age, filling her rooms with the romantic relics of past lovers.

Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings

Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings

  • Author: Vita Sackville-West,Mary Ann Caws
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1403963185
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 370
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The first collection of writings by the seminal modernist introduces readers to Sackville-West's important contribution to modern literature, including poetry, essays, travel narratives, a dream notebook, journal entries, and excerpts from her novels. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Violet to Vita

Violet to Vita

the letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910-21

  • Author: Violet Keppel Trefusis,Mitchell Alexander Leaska
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 303
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Portrait of a Marriage

Portrait of a Marriage

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

  • Author: Nigel Nicolson,Victoria Sackville-West
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226583570
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 249
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Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet, and biographer, is best known as the friend of Virginia Woolf, who transformed her into an androgynous time-traveler in Orlando. The story of her love affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis in 1920 is one of intrigue and bewilderment. In Portrait of a Marriage, Nigel Nicolson combines his mother's vivid memoir of escapade with what he learned from copious family letters and explains the context of this romantic crisis. He also describes how Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson went on to live the rest of their lives in harmonious marriage.

Vita's Other World

Vita's Other World

A Gardening Biography of V. Sackville-West

  • Author: Jane Brown
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 239
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Traces the life of the British writer, focusing on her interest in gardens and garden design, and looks at the gardens of her home, Sissinghurst Castle

A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

And Three Guineas

  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199642214
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 294
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'Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor...'In these two classic essays of feminist literature, Woolf argues passionately for women's intellectual freedom and their role in challenging the drive towards fascism and conflict. In A Room of One's Own she explores centuries of limitations placed on women, as well as celebrating the creativeachievements of the women writers who overcame these obstacles.In this first history of women's writing, she describes the importance of education, financial independence, and equality of opportunity to creative freedom. ThreeGuineas was written under the threat of fascism and impending war. A radical articulation of Woolf's pacifist politics, it investigates the causes of gender inequalities and the ways in which women's historic outsider position make them crucial in the prevention of war. Both these works started life as talks to groups of young women, and their engaging wit and informality establish Woolf as one of the twentieth-century's greatest essayists. Their argumentscontinue to reverberate in feminist discourse to this day.

No Signposts in the Sea

No Signposts in the Sea

  • Author: Victoria Sackville-West,Vita Sackville-West
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 155
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Edmund Carr, a middle-aged journalist, learns that he will die soon, and decides to quit his job and take an ocean cruise, knowing that Laura, an attractive widow he admires will be on board

Orlando

Orlando

A Biography

  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 054410708X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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In her most exuberant, most fanciful novel, Woolf has created a character liberated from the restraints of time and sex. Born in the Elizabethan Age to wealth and position, Orlando is a young nobleman at the beginning of the story-and a modern woman three centuries later. “A poetic masterpiece of the first rank” (Rebecca West). The source of a critically acclaimed 1993 feature film directed by Sally Potter. Index; illustrations.

A House Full of Daughters

A House Full of Daughters

  • Author: Juliet Nicolson
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473511682
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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All families have their myths and Juliet Nicolson’s was no different: her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita, her mother’s Tory-conventional background. A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siècle Washington DC, an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from.

English Country Houses

English Country Houses

  • Author: Vita Sackville-West
  • Publisher: Unicorn PressLtd
  • ISBN: 9781910065112
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 96
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“There is nothing quite like the English country house anywhere else in the world.” So pronounces Vita Sackville-West in the beautiful essay that opens English Country Houses, a brief history of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. People may know of Sackville West’s novels, or her passion for gardening, or her relationship with Virginia Woolf, but few know of her efforts to boost the morale of her beloved England during World War II. Sackville-West spent her childhood years at Knole House, a stately country home that deeply influenced her life and work. In entertaining and accessible prose she brings a deep affection to the task of boosting the morale of a country beset by war. This volume in the Britain in Pictures series is a love letter to the elegant homes of the English countryside and served as a balm to a besieged country. Writing at the height of the Blitz, as cities lay in smoldering ruins after relentless bombing, Sackville-West demonstrates a yearning for the safety provided by these exceptional buildings. We discover the architecture of the stately houses, with details conveyed in such entertaining and vivid prose that the buildings and surrounding areas come to life. The story is not just about the buildings, however, but also about the people who built and lived in them, from the most common of squires to the highest-born kings and queens. Equal parts architectural history and cultural history, this insider’s view is quintessentially British. Its elegant package, with a ribbon for bookmarking, makes it the perfect gift for any Anglophile.

Art and Affection

Art and Affection

A Life of Virginia Woolf

  • Author: Panthea Reid
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 0195101952
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 570
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A richly detailed, illustrated biography draws on a wealth of original, obscure documents and letters to illuminate many misunderstood areas of Woolf's life, including her bouts with manic depression and her relationship with her siblings and parents. UP.

On Being Ill

On Being Ill

  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher: e-artnow sro
  • ISBN: 8074843556
  • Category:
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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

The Life of Vita Sackville-West

  • Author: Matthew Dennison
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1250033950
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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A dazzling new biography of Vita Sackville-West, the 20th century aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse, and iconoclast who defied categorization. In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison's Behind the Mask traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but ‘open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind ‘the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion – a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life.

The Dark Island

The Dark Island

  • Author: Vita Sackville-West
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780848811488
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 308
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The Disinherited

The Disinherited

A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal

  • Author: Robert Sackville-West
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408824825
  • Category: Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Page: 308
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In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.

A Book Of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

A Book Of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

  • Author: Michael Holroyd
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • ISBN: 178497143X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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A BOOK OF SECRETS is a masterfully atmospheric treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries. Acclaimed biographer Michael Holroyd peers into dusty corners to bring a company of unknown women into the light; Alice Keppel was the mistress of both the second Lord Grimthorpe and the Prince of Wales; Eve Fairfax was Lord Grimthorpe's abandoned fiancée and sometime muse of Auguste Rodin; and the novelist Violet Trefusis was the lover of Vita Sackville-West. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery from Ravello to Paris, from Kirkstall Grange in Yorkshire to Vita Sackville-West's home at Knole, A Book of Secrets lucidly gives voice to fragile human connections.

Aspects of Aristocracy

Aspects of Aristocracy

Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain

  • Author: David Cannadine,Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research David Cannadine
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300059816
  • Category: History
  • Page: 321
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He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozens-Hardys, a Norfolk family who played a remarkably varied part in the life of their county, and offers a controversial reappraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West - a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Official Guidebook

  • Author: John Martin Robinson,Royal Collection
  • Publisher: Royal Collection Publications
  • ISBN: 9781902163437
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles
  • Page: 64
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Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, built by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary dolls’ houses in the world. Standing over 2 meters (or 7 feet) high, it is a perfect replica of an Edwardian private residence of the grandest possible design, complete with Saloon, Library, Dining Room, private apartments, servants’ rooms, kitchen, wine cellar, and garage full of vintage miniature limousines—plus working lifts, running water and electric light. Every room is fully furnished with miniature replicas of the contents of a real Edwardian house—from the kitchen, with its copper pans and kettles, to the Saloon, with its tiny full-length state portraits. The wine bottles in the cellar each contain less than a thimbleful of vintage wine, the linen cupboard has a full complement of miniature sheets and tablecloths, and in the Strong Room minute replicas of the Crown Jewels are on display. It also has an art collection, by all the leading painters of the day, including Sir William Nicholson; and extraordinary Library, with miniature volumes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy and Edith Wharton, among others, and as the final touch, a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll.

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

  • Author: Louise A. DeSalvo,Mitchell A. Leaska
  • Publisher: Cleis Press Inc
  • ISBN: 9781573441964
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 480
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After they met in 1922, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf began a passionate relationship that lasted until Woolf's death in 1941. Their revealing correspondence leaves no aspect of their lives untouched. This volume, which features over 500 letters spanning 19 years, includes the writings of both of these literary icons.