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Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West

Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Victoria Glendinning

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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. In her Whitbread Prize-winning biography, Glendinning documents Vita's 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 and mother; her passionate, secretive character, and the strains, mistakes and achievements of her remarkable life makes this an absorbing and disturbing book.

Author Info

Victoria Glendinning is a biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. Her biographies include A Suppressed Cry: Life and Death of a Quaker Daughter; Elizabeth Bowen: Portait of a Writer; Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among Lions (winner of the Duff Cooper Prize and the James Tait Black Prize); Rebecca West; Anthony Trollope (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography), Jonathan Swift, Leonard Woolf and a life of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. Her novels include The Grown-Ups, Electricity, Flight and The Butcher's Daughter.

She is an Honorary Vice-President of English PEN and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a CBE in 1998.


'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, `A biography that conceals nothing... gives her life in fact the strangeness, subtlety, complexity and ambivalence missing from her fiction.'
Observer, `Surely the definitive biography.'
Harold Acton, `Superb... much more than just a record of events but an opening up of understanding and experience.'
Fiona McCarthy, The Times, `It required both literary skill of the highest order and a rare imaginative compassion to fashion a work of art out of life... superb.'
Dervla Murphy, Irish Times, `Her modest, masterly, well-written treatment of a subject so absorbing in both intimate detail and public ramification is as good as it could be.'
Country Life, `Again and again, I found myself turning to my battered paperback of Victoria Glendinning's Whitbread prize-winning biography of Sackville-West'

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781788312431
Publication Date: 30 Jun 2018
Number of Pages: 480
Height: 198
Width: 129
Illustrations: 18 black and white illustrations in an 18-page black and white plates section

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