Vita Sackville-West

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Sackville-West, Vita

(Victoria Mary Sackville-West), 1892–1962, English writer; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson and granddaughter of the 2d Baron Sackville. Both she and Nicolson were members of the Bloomsbury groupBloomsbury group,
name given to the literary group that made the Bloomsbury area of London the center of its activities from 1904 to World War II. It included Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E. M.
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. Her poems in The Land (1926), Selected Poems (1941), and The Garden (1946) won praise, but she is better known for her novels, The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). Among her other works are Knole and the Sackvilles (1922), about her family's past, and her charming fictional portrait of her grandmother, Pepita (1937). All Sackville-West's books reveal her wit, her vocation as a poet, and her aristocratic heritage.


See Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by her son Nigel Nicolson; studies by S. R. Watson (1972) and M. Stevens (1974).

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Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1983.
Her numerous awards include the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and James Tait Memorial Pirize for her Edith Sitwell biography and the Witbread Biography Award for Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West and Trollope.
Earlier editions of the work by V. Sackville-West (1923) and D.J.H.
Dearest Andrew:Letters from V. Sackville-West to Andrew Reiber, 1959-1962 (1979) reveals her life in letters to a gardening friend.
In the former, "'Moral Eugenics': The Working-Class fiction of V. Sackville-West," Raitt looks at Heritage and The Dragon in Shallow Waters in order to classify Sackville-West as "reactionary" and "fiercely patriotic" (41) before her meeting with Woolf, as well as to document a brief history of eugenics and Sackville-West's passionate belief in the theory.
They will have to return to either Victoria Glendinning's 1983 biography Vita or Suzanne Raitt's 1993 study Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, however, to find out about the actual authorial mind housed underneath all the splashy hats.