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Vita Sackville-West : Selected Writings - Mary Ann Caws

Vita Sackville-West

Selected Writings

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2002
ISBN: 9780312237608
Number Of Pages: 400

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Aristocrat, novelist, essayist, traveler, and lover of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West lived a fascinating and daring life on the periphery of the Bloomsbury circle. She wrote in an astounding variety of genres, including travel narrative, historical and literary studies, poetry, fiction, and essays, and is probably best known or her novels, The Edwardians and All Passion Spent, and incomparable writings about English country houses and gardens. Here, for the first time, is an anthology that represents the full expanse of her interests and styles. Over half of the works, including intimate diaries and a dream notebook, have never been published. Edited by a foremost expert on the Bloomsbury circle, "Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings" provides the best and most accessible introduction to this unique writer.

'This lightly annotated volume of selected writings...is intended to acquaint the contemporary reader with the range of Sackville-West's literary talents.' - Publishers Weekly '...a complex and compelling portrait of Sackville-West emerges...' - J.E. Steiner, Choice 'Caws sees the interesting contradictions in Vita's life and writing - at once nonconformist and traditional, 'adventuresome' and reclusive, sexually faithless and maritally loyal, unconventional and immensley snobbish.' - Hermione Lee, The Guardian

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Diaries
Selections from Victoria Sackville-West Diaries, 1902-1905 and 1922p. 19
Selections from Vita Sackville-West Diaries, 1907-1929p. 24
Memoirs and Dreams
Beginningsp. 53
Thirty Clocks Strike the Hourp. 57
Vita's Dream Bookp. 61
Letters (1920 1927)
Family Letters: From Their Sonsp. 75
Vita and Haroldp. 77
Vita and Virginiap. 85
Travel Writing
Italian Journey with Dorothy Wellesley (1921)p. 99
Selections from Passenger to Teheran (1926)p. 105
Selections from Twelve Days (1928)p. 125
Journal of Travel to France with Virginia Woolf (1928)p. 143
Lecture Travel Diary (January to March 1933)p. 146
Critical Writing
Lecture on Modern English Poetry (1928)p. 169
From Andrew Marvell (1929)p. 177
A Note on Thieves' Cant (1947)p. 181
House, Gardening, and Nature
From Knole and the Sackvilles (1922, 1947)p. 185
From Country Notes (1939-40)p. 195
From A Joy of Gardening (1958)p. 211
Stories
"The Engagement" (1930)p. 219
"The Poet" (1930)p. 222
"The Poetry Reading"p. 229
Novels
From Challenge (1924)p. 239
Seducers in Ecuador (1924)p. 278
From All Passion Spent (1931)p. 308
Poems
Travel Poemsp. 321
"The Muezzin" (Constantinople, 1913)p. 322
"A Bowl of Blue Beads" (1928)p. 322
"Persia" (1928)p. 323
"Nostalgia" (1932)p. 323
"Palmyra" (1927)p. 324
"Storm in the Mountains" (Savoy, 1929)p. 324
"Middleton Place, South Carolina" (1933)p. 325
Other Poemsp. 327
"Winter Afternoon"p. 327
"The Intellectual to His Puppy"p. 329
"The Puppy to His New Owner"p. 330
"In Memoriam: Virginia Woolf"p. 330
Poems of House, Land, and Seasonsp. 331
"Sissinghurst" (1930)p. 331
"Autumn" from The Garden (1946)p. 333
Poems of Provencep. 339
"The Quarryman: Les Baux" (1931)p. 340
"The Temple of Love: Les Baux" (1931)p. 341
"Dawn: Les Baux" (1931)p. 341
Animal Reflections
From Faces (1961)p. 345
Summary of Works Not Excerpted
Aphra Behnp. 351
The Edwardiansp. 352
Family Historyp. 352
Dark Islandp. 353
St. Joan of Arcp. 354
Grand Canyonp. 354
The Easter Partyp. 355
Daughter of Francep. 356
No Signposts in the Seap. 357
Notesp. 359
Bibliographyp. 363
Worksp. 365
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780312237608
ISBN-10: 031223760X
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st June 2002
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1