Vita & Virginia: The Lives and Love of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

Vita & Virginia: The Lives and Love of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

by Sarah Gristwood


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Virginia Woolf is one of the world’s most famous writers, and a leading light of literary modernism and feminism. During the 1920s she had a passionate affair with a fellow author, Vita Sackville-West, and they remained friends until Virginia’s death in 1941. The hero of Virginia’s novel Orlando was modeled on Vita and the book has been described as "one of the longest and most charming love letters in history." That’s on top of the more than 500 letters they wrote to each other. Vita was also a highly regarded and award-winning novelist before the War, but she is most famous today as the co-creator of the garden at Sissinghurst, one of the most influential and visited gardens in the world. This double biography of two extraordinary women examines their lives together and apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911358381
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 242,106
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah Gristwood is the author of Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe and Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Vita's Writing Room 4

Part I 1882-1922 Moments of Being 12

Chapter 1 Vita, 1892-1913 14

Chapter 2 Virginia, 1882-1912 30

Chapter 3 Two marriages, 1913-1921 54

Monk's house, Charleston And Virginia Woolf's London 70

Part II 1922-1930 Orlando 78

Chapter 4 1922-5 80

Chapter 5 1926-30 100

Sissinghurst 114

Part III All Passion Spent 124

Chapter 6 1931-8 126

Chapter 7 1939-43 140

Chapter 8 1943-62 154

Afterlife 164

Discovering More 168

Selected Further Reading 171

Index 173

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