Vita Sackville-West

Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Lady Nicolson, 9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962) was an English writer.

In 1913, Vita married the writer and diplomat Harold George Nicolson, with whom she had two children – and an open marriage. The affair for which she is most remembered was Virginia Woolf, in the late 1920s. Vita was the inspiration behind Wool’s Orlando (1928).

Books

Poetry

  • Chatterton (1909)
  • A Dancing Elf (1912)
  • Constantinople: Eight Poems (1915)
  • Poems of West and East (1917)
  • Orchard and Vineyard (1921)
  • The Land (1927)
  • King’s Daughter (1929)
  • Sissinghurst (1931)
  • Invitation to Cast out Care (1931)
  • Collected Poems: Volume 1 (1933)
  • Solitude (1938)
  • The Garden (1946)

Novels

  • Heritage (1919)
  • The Dragon in Shallow Waters (1921)
  • The Heir (1922)
  • Challenge (1923)
  • Grey Wethers (1923)
  • Seducers in Ecuador (1924)
  • Passenger to Teheran (1926)
  • The Edwardians (1930)
  • All Passion Spent (1931)
  • The Death of Noble Godavary and Gottfried Künstler (1932)
  • Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour (1932)
  • Family History (1932)
  • The Dark Island (1934)
  • Grand Canyon (1942)
  • Devil at Westease (1947)
  • The Easter Party (1953)
  • No Signposts in the Sea (1961)

Biographies and non-fiction

  • Aphra Behn: the Incomparable Astrea (Gerald Howe 1927)
  • Passenger to Teheran (Hogarth Press 1926, reprinted Tauris Parke Paperbacks 2007)
  • Knole and the Sackvilles (1922)
  • Saint Joan of Arc (Doubleday 1936, reprinted M. Joseph 1969)
  • English Country Houses (William Collins, 1941, illustrated)
  • Pepita (Doubleday, 1937, reprinted Hogarth Press 1970)
  • The Eagle and The Dove (M. Joseph 1943)
  • Twelve Days: an account of a journey across the Bakhtiari Mountains of South-western Persia (First published UK 1927; Doubleday Doran 1928; M. Haag 1987, reprinted Tauris Parke Paperbacks 2009 as Twelve Days in Persia)
  • Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (with Sarah Raven; St. Martin’s Press 2014)
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz Dexter says:

    What a lovely collection of photos. I adore Vita’s house at Sissinghurst, near where I grew up .Her writing turret has a little stained-glass Vita in one window. A highlight of my reading life was when Adam Nicolson, Vita’s grandson, replied to my message about one of HIS books!

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    1. juliana says:

      I would love to visit Sissinghurst one day :). Wow, it must have felt like receiving an unexpected letter 🙂

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      1. Liz Dexter says:

        It did, we had a short exchange of emails and I’ve kept them in a folder!

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