Vita Sackville-West

[Lady Nicolson]

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The Hon Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), best known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author, poet and gardener. She won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927 and 1933. She was known for her exuberant aristocratic life, her passionate affair with the novelist Virginia Woolf, and Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which she and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, ... more »

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  • ''Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.''
    Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), British novelist, poet. Passenger to Teheran, ch. 1 (1926).
  • ''Women, like men, ought to have their youth so glutted with freedom they hate the very idea of freedom.''
    Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), British novelist, poet. Letter, June 1, 1919, to her husband, diplomat and author Harold Nicolson. Quoted in Nigel Ni...
  • It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life its...
    Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), British novelist, poet. Twelve Days, ch. 1 (1928).
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