Behind the mask, the life of Vita Sackville-west.
Publication year: 2014
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : William Collins, 2014.
ISBN: 9780007486960 (hbk): 25.00
Matthew Dennison traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita Sackville-West'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.
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