All Passion Spent

All Passion Spent

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by Vita Sackville-West
     
 

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In 1860, as a young girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of 6 children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead. Here she

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In 1860, as a young girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of 6 children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead. Here she recollects the dreams of youth, and revels in her newfound freedom with her odd assortment of companions: Genoux, her French maid; Mr. Bucktrout, her house agent; and a coffin maker who pictures people dead in order to reveal their true characters. And then there's Mr. FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met and loved her in India when she was young and very lovely. It is here in this world of her own that she finds a passion that comes only with the freedom to choose, and it is this, her greatest gift, that she passes on to the only one who can understand its value. First published in 1931, Vita Sackville-West's masterpiece is the fictional companion to her great friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

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"Sackville-West has borrowed in her prose writing some . . . function of poetry, the ability to suggest far more than she says."  —New York Times

"Witty and charming and graceful and brilliant."  —Chicago Tribune

"Shades of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Ivy Compton-Burnett. A very gifted writer of fiction."  —Gay Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860683582
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/1983
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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