All Passion Spent

All Passion Spent

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by Vita Sackville-West
     
 

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When Lady Slane was young, she nurtured a secret, burning ambition: to become an artist. She became, instead, the dutiful wife of a great statesman, and mother to six children. In her widowhood she finally defies her family. Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn. Much to

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When Lady Slane was young, she nurtured a secret, burning ambition: to become an artist. She became, instead, the dutiful wife of a great statesman, and mother to six children. In her widowhood she finally defies her family. Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn. Much to their dismay, Lady Slane rents a small house in Hampstead and chooses to live independently, free from her past. She revels in her new-found freedom, living the life she forfeited seventy years earlier to the conventions of a Victorian marriage, and attracts an odd assortment of companions. Among them is Mr FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met her in India, when she was very young and very lovely?.?.?.

First published in 1931, All Passion Spent is the fictional companion to her friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

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Shades of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Ivy Compton-Burnett. A very gifted writer of fiction—GAY TIMES

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ISBN-13:
9780860683582
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/1983
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.

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All Passion Spent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LaurenBDavis More than 1 year ago
A delightful and inspiring read about a woman being true -- at last -- to herself.  The writing is lovely and subject remains topical, even after all these years,  There is a quiet strength in this character that I continue to find inspirational. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This pre-WWII book remains timelessly interesting to readers of both genders. The book focuses on an 86 year old widow who begins her life after her former PM husband dies. Her four children have other plans for her, but she persists in changing her life radically and finding happiness. Ms. West writes with exceptionally talented prose and knows the corners of a woman's heart as well as the pressures of even a happy family's life. This is a very engaging book with profound insight.