A Note of Explanation

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452170045

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

View: 8137

A Note of Explanation is a previously unknown work by iconic writer Vita Sackville-West. Written in 1922, it was recently rediscovered as a miniature book in Queen Mary's dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Witty and stylish, the story recounts the antics of a time-traveling sprite who inhabits the dollhouse. This illustrated ebook edition presents the story for the first time since 1924. Lovers of literature and history will rejoice in this irresistible one-of-a-kind ebook.
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A Note of Explanation

An Undiscovered Story from Queen Mary's Dollhouse

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452169965

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

View: 500

A Note of Explanation is a previously unknown work by iconic writer Vita Sackville-West. Written in 1922, it was recently rediscovered as a miniature book in Queen Mary's dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Witty and stylish, the story recounts the antics of a time-traveling sprite who inhabits the dollhouse. This illustrated, cloth-bound edition presents the story for the first time since 1924. Lovers of literature and history will rejoice in this irresistible collector's item and one-of-a-kind literary gift.
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Portrait of a Marriage

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

Author: Nigel Nicolson,Victoria Sackville-West

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226583570

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 249

View: 6559

Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet, and biographer, is best known as the friend of Virginia Woolf, who transformed her into an androgynous time-traveler in Orlando. The story of her love affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis in 1920 is one of intrigue and bewilderment. In Portrait of a Marriage, Nigel Nicolson combines his mother's vivid memoir of escapade with what he learned from copious family letters and explains the context of this romantic crisis. He also describes how Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson went on to live the rest of their lives in harmonious marriage.
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A Note of Explanation

Author: Vita Sackville-West,Kate Baylay

Publisher: Royal Collection Editions

ISBN: 9781909741522

Category: Children's stories

Page: 48

View: 8779

This charming story by a major figure in twentieth-century literature will appeal to adults and children alike. Preserved unpublished on a bookshelf in the library of the dolls' house created for Queen Mary in 1924, this enchanting story is a previously unknown work by the celebrated poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. The delightful tale tells of a spirit who inhabits the dolls' house, unseen by conservators, paying guests to the Castle and even Queen Mary herself. Having seemingly been present for the major moments of fairy tale history such as Cinderella's ball, Sleeping Beauty's waking kiss, and the creation of Aladdin's palace, she has made herself at home in this early twentieth-century house, baffling even its maker. This sumptuous book is beautifully bound in real cloth and uniquely illustrated by Kate Baylay.
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Violet to Vita

the letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910-21

Author: Violet Keppel Trefusis,Mitchell Alexander Leaska

Publisher: Viking Adult


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 4329

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Behind the Mask

The Life of Vita Sackville-West

Author: Matthew Dennison

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250033950

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 6762

A dazzling new biography of Vita Sackville-West, the 20th century aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse, and iconoclast who defied categorization. In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison's Behind the Mask traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but ‘open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind ‘the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion – a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life.
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No Signposts in the Sea

Author: Victoria Sackville-West,Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Penguin Group USA


Category: Fiction

Page: 155

View: 1048

Edmund Carr, a middle-aged journalist, learns that he will die soon, and decides to quit his job and take an ocean cruise, knowing that Laura, an attractive widow he admires will be on board
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Aspects of Aristocracy

Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain

Author: David Cannadine

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300059816

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 9028

In this stylish and provocative book, the eminent historian David Cannadine brings his characteristic wit and acumen to bear on the British aristocracy, probing behind the legendary escapades and indulgences of aristocrats such as Lord Curzon, the Hon. C. S. Rolls (of Rolls Royce), Winston Churchill, Harold Nicolson, and Vita Sackville-West, and changing our perceptions of them - transforming wastrels into heroes and the self-satisfied into the second-rate. Cannadine begins by investigating the land-owning classes as a whole during the last two hundred years, describing their origins, their habits, their increasing debts, and their involvement with the steam train, the horseless carriage, and the aeroplane. He next focuses on patricians he finds particularly fascinating: Lord Curzon, an unrivalled ceremonial impresario and inventor of traditions; Lord Strickland, part English landowner and part Mediterranean nobleman, who was both an imperial proconsul and prime minister of Malta; and Winston Churchill, whom Cannadine sees as an aristocratic adventurer, a man who was burdened by, more than he benefitted from, his family connections and patrician attitudes. Cannadine then moves from individuals to aristocratic dynasties. He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozens-Hardys, a Norfolk family who played a remarkably varied part in the life of their county, and offers a controversial reappraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West - a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage. Written with sympathy and irony, devoid of snobbery or nostalgia, and handsomely illustrated, Cannadine's book is sure both to enlighten and delight.
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Art and Affection

A Life of Virginia Woolf

Author: Panthea Reid

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195101952

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 570

View: 4080

A richly detailed, illustrated biography draws on a wealth of original, obscure documents and letters to illuminate many misunderstood areas of Woolf's life, including her bouts with manic depression and her relationship with her siblings and parents. UP.
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The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

Author: Louise A. DeSalvo,Mitchell A. Leaska

Publisher: Cleis Press Inc

ISBN: 9781573441964

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

View: 645

After they met in 1922, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf began a passionate relationship that lasted until Woolf's death in 1941. Their revealing correspondence leaves no aspect of their lives untouched. This volume, which features over 500 letters spanning 19 years, includes the writings of both of these literary icons.
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The Disinherited

A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal

Author: Robert Sackville-West

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408843412

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8383

In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.
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Love in a Cold Climate

Author: Nancy Mitford

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307741356

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 6037

A sparkling romantic comedy that vividly evokes the lost glamour of aristocratic life in England between the wars. Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with her stunning good looks and impeccable connections, is bored by the monotony of her glittering debut season in London. Having just come from India, where her father served as Viceroy, she claims to have hoped that society in a colder climate would be less obsessed with love affairs. The apparently aloof and indifferent Polly has a long-held secret, however, one that leads to the shattering of her mother’s dreams and her own disinheritance. When an elderly duke begins pursuing the disgraced Polly and a callow potential heir curries favor with her parents, nothing goes as expected, but in the end all find happiness in their own unconventional ways. Featuring an introduction by Flora Fraser.
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The White Garden

A Novel of Virginia Woolf

Author: Stephanie Barron

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553385771

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

View: 4783

Six decades after Virginia Woolf's death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather's unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England's most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find that will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon.
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The Edwardians

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525434003

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5824

An instant bestseller when it was published in 1930, this glittering satire of Edwardian high society features a privileged brother and sister torn between tradition and a chance at an independent life. Sebastian is young, handsome, moody, and the heir to Chevron, a vast and opulent ducal estate. He feels a deep love for the countryside and for his patrimony, but he loathes the frivolous social world his mother and her shallow friends represent. At one of his mother’s decadent house parties, Sebastian meets two people who shake his sense of self: Leonard Anquetil, a lowborn arctic explorer, who questions his mode of living; and Lady Roehampton, a married society beauty with a string of lovers, who breaks his heart. When Sebastian reaches the brink of despair, it is his self-possessed younger sister, Viola, who opens for them both a gateway to another world.
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The Dark Island

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780848811488

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 617

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English Country Houses

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Unicorn PressLtd

ISBN: 9781910065112

Category: Architecture

Page: 96

View: 9374

“There is nothing quite like the English country house anywhere else in the world.” So pronounces Vita Sackville-West in the beautiful essay that opens English Country Houses, a brief history of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. People may know of Sackville West’s novels, or her passion for gardening, or her relationship with Virginia Woolf, but few know of her efforts to boost the morale of her beloved England during World War II. Sackville-West spent her childhood years at Knole House, a stately country home that deeply influenced her life and work. In entertaining and accessible prose she brings a deep affection to the task of boosting the morale of a country beset by war. This volume in the Britain in Pictures series is a love letter to the elegant homes of the English countryside and served as a balm to a besieged country. Writing at the height of the Blitz, as cities lay in smoldering ruins after relentless bombing, Sackville-West demonstrates a yearning for the safety provided by these exceptional buildings. We discover the architecture of the stately houses, with details conveyed in such entertaining and vivid prose that the buildings and surrounding areas come to life. The story is not just about the buildings, however, but also about the people who built and lived in them, from the most common of squires to the highest-born kings and queens. Equal parts architectural history and cultural history, this insider’s view is quintessentially British. Its elegant package, with a ribbon for bookmarking, makes it the perfect gift for any Anglophile.
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In Your Garden

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711223547

Category: Gardening

Page: 237

View: 4718

Covering the period 1946-50, In Your Garden is the first volume in a series of four anthologies of V. Sackville-West's articles, which are arranged according to the month in which they were published. Also included are two longer essays by V. Sackville-West, describing a rare seventeenth-century gardening manual and the garden at Hidcote Manor, together with an extract from her 1937 book Some Flowers, which contains vignette descriptions of her favourites.
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The Women's Land Army

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Uniform Press

ISBN: 9781910500187


Page: 172

View: 9077

During World War II, English people of all backgrounds and abilities found unique ways to aid the war effort. For writer Vita Sackville-West, that was with her pen: during the war, she turned out a number of books analyzing and appreciating various aspects of English culture and the war effort that were explicitly designed to boost morale on the long-suffering homefront. One of the most interesting of those volumes, especially when examined decades later, is"The Women s Land Army." In it, Sackville-West traces the history of the Women s Land Army from its inception in 1939 through 1944, when the book was published, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Copiously illustrated with photographs depicting English women engaged in all forms of farm labor, work they were encouraged to take up in the absence of able-bodied men, the book is a potent reminder that winning the war required effort from everyone. Sackville-West s account of the land army and its work manages to be both richly informative the book carries an appendix full of tables of facts and statistics and powerfully human, offering a close-up picture of the daily lives, labor, and aspirations of these women, showing how their work, and the contribution it made to the war effort, became an important part of their identity, with consequences for women s rights and work that would be felt throughout the postwar years."
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The Queen's Dolls' House

Author: Lucinda Lambton

Publisher: Royal Collection Publications

ISBN: 9781905686261

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 131

View: 1912

The Queens Dolls House is one of the largest, most beautiful, and most famous dolls houses in the world. Created for Queen Mary in the early 1920s by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is a perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence, complete in every way from the wine-cellar, with its store of tiny bottles, each containing a thimbleful of vintage wine, to the library, with its exquisite volumes of original works by authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy and EdithWharton. This most magical of dolls houses also has a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, a garage full of miniature limousines, and running water, electricity and working lifts. Each room, from the servants bedrooms to the grand saloon, is fully furnished in every way, and waiting to be explored.
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Knole and the Sackvilles

Author: V. Sackville-West

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5877882376

Category: History

Page: 230

View: 704

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