Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West (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 group. 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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Vita Sackville-West: Selected full-text books and articles

All Passion Spent By V. Sackville-West Doubleday, Doran, 1931
Saint Joan of Arc By V. Sackville-West Doubleday, Doran, 1938
Aphra Behn: The Incomparable Astrea By V. Sackville-West Viking Press, 1928
Andrew Marvell By V. Sackville-West Faber & Faber, 1929
Modernism and the Theater of Censorship By Adam Parkes Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Orlando: Lesbianism in Fictional History" begins on p. 162
Modernizing Lives: Experiments in English Biography, 1918-1939 By Ruth Hoberman Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Vita Sackville-West begins on p. 145
(Dis)orienting Spectacle: The Politics of 'Orlando's' Sapphic Camp By Boxwell, D. A Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 44, No. 3, Fall 1998
Contemporary English Literature By Mark Longaker; Edwin C. Bolles Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "Victoria Sackville-West" begins on p. 138
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies By Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "V. Sackville-West" begins on p. 353
American Nights Entertainment By Grant Overton D. Appleton & Co., 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Lady of a Tradition, Miss Sackville-West"
The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today By Margaret Lawrence Frederick A. Stokes, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Vita Sackville-West" begins on p. 305
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide By Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Vita Sackville-West 1892-1962" begins on p. 280
New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf By Jane Marcus University of Nebraska Press, 1981
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of "Vita Sackville-West" begins on p. 49
Virginia Woolf: Centennial Essays By Elaine K. Ginsberg; Laura Moss Gottlieb Whitston, 1983
Librarian’s tip: "Combining 'The Advantages of Fact and Fiction': Virginia Woolf's Biographies of Vita Sackville-West, Flush, and Roger Fry" begins on p. 295
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