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Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962)

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre


Værker af Vita Sackville-West

Efter al lidenskab (1931) 1,174 eksemplarer
The Edwardians (1930) 764 eksemplarer
Saint Joan of Arc (1937) 445 eksemplarer
No Signposts in the Sea (1961) 313 eksemplarer
The Illustrated Garden Book (1986) 252 eksemplarer
Family History (1932) 239 eksemplarer
Pepita (1937) 197 eksemplarer
Passenger to Teheran (1926) 142 eksemplarer
Seducers in Ecuador [and] The Heir (1924) 128 eksemplarer
Knole and the Sackvilles (1922) 121 eksemplarer
English Country Houses (1941) 119 eksemplarer
The Eagle and the Dove (1943) 117 eksemplarer
Challenge (1923) 114 eksemplarer
Some Flowers (1937) 112 eksemplarer
In Your Garden (2000) 106 eksemplarer
The Heir (1922) 71 eksemplarer
The Land (1926) 67 eksemplarer
Heritage (1919) 60 eksemplarer
A Joy of Gardening (1656) 56 eksemplarer
The Dark Island (1934) 55 eksemplarer
The Garden (1946) 46 eksemplarer
The Easter Party (1953) 44 eksemplarer
Virago Omnibus II (1728) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
In Your Garden Again (1953) 31 eksemplarer
More for Your Garden (2004) 24 eksemplarer
Berkeley Castle (Great Houses) (1972) 24 eksemplarer
Devil at Westease (1947) 20 eksemplarer
Virago Omnibus III (1936) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Grand Canyon (1942) 20 eksemplarer
The Land and the Garden (1644) 16 eksemplarer
Another World Than This: An Anthology (1945) — Komponist — 16 eksemplarer
Knole, Kent (1971) 16 eksemplarer
The Women's Land Army (1944) 14 eksemplarer
Country Notes (1940) 13 eksemplarer
Country Notes in Wartime (1940) 13 eksemplarer
The Dragon in Shallow Waters (1920) 11 eksemplarer
How does your garden grow? (1935) 11 eksemplarer
Sissinghurst (1964) 11 eksemplarer
Even More for Your Garden (2004) 11 eksemplarer
Faces: Profiles of Dogs (2019) 10 eksemplarer
Nursery Rhymes (1947) 10 eksemplarer
Correspondance 1923-1941 (2010) 9 eksemplarer
Seducers in Ecuador (1925) 9 eksemplarer
Solitude: A poem (1938) 8 eksemplarer
Mein Sommergarten (1998) 8 eksemplarer
Grey Wethers : a romantic novel (1923) 6 eksemplarer
King's Daughter 6 eksemplarer
Poems of West and East (2010) 6 eksemplarer
Collected Poems Volume One (1933) 5 eksemplarer
Mein Frühlingsgarten (1998) 5 eksemplarer
Death of Noble Godavary (1932) 4 eksemplarer
Andrew Marvell (1992) 2 eksemplarer
Mein Wintergarten (1998) 2 eksemplarer
Mein Herbst- und Wintergarten (2006) 2 eksemplarer
Pepita [by] V. Sackville-West (1937) 1 eksemplar
Une Anglaise en Orient (1994) 1 eksemplar
The Persian Garden (1989) 1 eksemplar
Le Défi (Littératures) (2020) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Bidragyder — 408 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Bidragyder — 235 eksemplarer
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
Love Letters (1996) — Bidragyder — 180 eksemplarer
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Bidragyder — 168 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
The Old Shrub Roses (1955) — Forord, nogle udgaver35 eksemplarer
The Legacy of Persia (1953) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
Portrait of a Marriage [1990 TV mini-series] (2006) — Original book — 25 eksemplarer
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Women on Nature (2021) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
All Passion Spent [1986 TV mini series] (2006) — Original novel — 8 eksemplarer
Little Innocents: Childhood Reminiscences (1932) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
The New Decameron, the Third day — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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January Read: Vita Sackville West i Virago Modern Classics (januar 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 andre anmeldelser | 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.
… (mere)
Sarahursula | 2 andre anmeldelser | Dec 27, 2023 |
“Someday I’ll write and tell you all the things you mean to me in my mind. Shall I?”
femmedyke | 2 andre anmeldelser | Sep 27, 2023 |
Lovely compilation of letters between Virginia and Vita.
Andy5185 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 9, 2023 |



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