Vita : The life of Vita Sackville-West

Author(s): Victoria Glendinning

Biography & Memoir

The life of Vita Sackville-West, a key member of the Bloomsbury set and lover of Virginia Woolf 'What each of us would look for in an ideal future biographer is what each of us looks for in an ideal doctor: sympathy, trustfulness and acute powers of diagnosis. All these three qualities are here present. Vita would undoubtedly have shared our approval and gratitude' - Sunday Telegraph. Vita Sackville-West was a vital, gifted and complex woman. A dedicated writer, she made her mark as poet, novelist, biographer, travel writer, journalist and broadcaster. She was also one of the most influential English gardeners of the century, creating with her husband the famous gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita documents her extraordinary life, focusing on her relationships with Violet Trefusis, Virginia Woolf, her husband, and her two sons together with her unpublicised love affairs. Vita was determined to be more than just a married woman; her passionate, secretive character, and the strains, mistakes and achievements of her remarkable life makes "Vita" an absorbing and disturbing book. First published 1983. About the Author: Victoria Glendinning is a freelance writer, well-known for her successful biographies and novels. She has won many prizes including the Whitbread Prize for Biography twice, the Duff Cooper Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. She is also President of English PEN and a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London, but travels widely, particularly to Provence and south-west Ireland.

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Victoria Glendinning had unprecedented access to private papers, one of the most valuable being the unpublished diaries of Vita herself Sheds fascinating light on the relationships within the Bloomsbury group as well as being a snapshot of the cultural life of the 1920s and 30s Victoria Glendinning is one of our foremost literary biographers and her works include books on Anthony Trollope, Fanny Trollope, Edith Sitwell, Rebecca West, Jonathan Swift and Elizabeth Bowen 'Superb...much more than just a record of events but an opening up of understanding and experience' The Times 'A biography that conceals nothing...gives her life in fact the strangeness, subtlety, complexity and ambivalence missing from her fiction' Observer.

Victoria Glendinning is a freelance writer, well-known for her successful biographies and novels. She has won many prizes including the Whitbread Prize for Biography twice, the Duff Cooper Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. She is also President of English PEN and a Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London, but travels widely, particularly to Provence and south-west Ireland.

General Fields

  • : 9780753819265
  • : phoenix
  • : phoenix
  • : June 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Victoria Glendinning
  • : Paperback
  • : 828.91209
  • : 448
  • : 16 B/W Photo\Illu(s)