Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 8, 2003 - Literary Collections - 370 pages
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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.
  

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Sackville-West (1892-1962) is now most remembered as Virginia Woolf's flamboyant lover and the inspiration for her Orlando. Married to British diplomat Harold Nicholson, Sackville-West was a loving ... Read full review

Contents

Selections from Victoria SackvilleWest Diaries
19
Memoirs and Dreams
51
Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour
57
Letters 19201927
75
Vita and Virginia
85
Travel Writing
97
Selections from Passenger to Teheran 1926
105
Selections from Twelve Days 1928 125
T-25
Stories
217
The Poetry Reading
229
From Challenge 1924
241
Seducers in Ecuador 1924
278
Prom All Passion Spent 1931
308
Travel Poems
321
Other Poems
327
Poems of House Land and Seasons
331

Journal ofTravel to France with Virginia Woolf 1928 143
T-46
Lecture on Modern English Poetry 1928 169
T-69
From Andrew Marvell 1929 177
T-77
A Note on Thieves Cant 1947 181
T-81
House Gardening and Nature
T-87
From Knob and the Sackvillcs 1922 1947 185
T-95
From A Joy of Gardening 1958
211
Poems of Provence
339
From Faces 1961
345
Summary of Works Not Excerpted
351
No Signposts in the Sea
357
Bibliography 333
363
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MARY ANN CAWS is a literary translator and one of the most important critics 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, Graduate School, CUNY. She is a former president of the Modern Language Association. Her many books include Picasso's Weeping Woman: The Life and Art of Dora Maar, Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends (with Sarah Bird Wright), and Manifesto: A Century of Isms.

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