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Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
On 23 September 1925, Virginia Woolf wrote to Vita Sackville-West: 'if you'll make me up, I'll make you.' In Desiring Women, Karyn Sproles argues that the two writers in fact 'made' each other. Woolf and Sackville-West produced some of the most vibrant and acclaimed work of their respective careers during their passionate affair, and Sproles demonstrates how this body of w ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 29th 2006 by University of Toronto Press
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Paloma Etienne
I have to say, with all the pain in my heart, that I don't recommend this book. I was very excited and indeed enjoyed the very first part on Vita: her vibrant personality, her affair with Violet Trefusis, her attachment to Knole, and how different she was from the Victorian sexless standard of femininity. I also loved the narration of the exchanges between Sackville-West and Woolf through their letters. It was clear they influenced each other with their writing, and, as Sproles writes: "they mad ...more
Katherine
I love when two artists become one another's muse.
Rose
May 15, 2008 Rose added it
This is the best book I've read about the relationship between Virginia and Vita, and how it influenced Woolf's novels of the 1920s.
Amy
Jun 18, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Woolf fans
Academic theory at its best in the world of Sapphic-inspired thinking.
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