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Vita Sackville-West

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Vita Sackville-West


Born
in Kent, England
March 09, 1892

Died
June 02, 1962

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Vita Sackville-West was a prolific English author, poet and memoirist in the early 20th-Century who is known not only for her writing, but for her not-so-private, private life. While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf. They had an open marriage. Both Sackville-West and her husband had same-sex relationships. Her exuberant aristocratic life was one of inordinate privilege and way ahead of her time. She frequently traveled to Europe in the company of one or the other of her lovers and often dressed as a man to be able to gain access to places where only the couples could go. Gardening, like writing, was a passion Vita cherished ...more

Average rating: 4.02 · 13,863 ratings · 1,773 reviews · 123 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Passion Spent

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3.99 avg rating — 3,616 ratings — published 1931 — 70 editions
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The Letters of Vita Sackvil...

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4.32 avg rating — 1,541 ratings — published 1985 — 17 editions
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The Edwardians

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3.78 avg rating — 1,575 ratings — published 1930 — 44 editions
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No Signposts in the Sea

3.64 avg rating — 365 ratings — published 1961 — 14 editions
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A Note of Explanation: An U...

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4.13 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 1922 — 7 editions
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Sissinghurst: Vita Sackvill...

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4.03 avg rating — 213 ratings — published 1997 — 15 editions
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Family History

3.75 avg rating — 228 ratings — published 1932 — 4 editions
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Saint Joan of Arc

3.82 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 1936 — 30 editions
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Passenger to Teheran

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3.81 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 1926 — 16 editions
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Vita and Harold: The Letter...

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“Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this.”
Vita Sackville-West, The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

“I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this —But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it.”
Vita Sackville-West, The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

“I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal.”
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