was already fascinated by gypsies and intrigued
Vita & Virginia is adapted from the letters of writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
, who first met in 1922 and had a passionate love affair.
The fanciful biographical novel pays homage to the family of Woolf's friend Vita Sackville-West
from the time of her ancestor Thomas Sackville (1536-1608) and to the family's country estate at Knole, which Woolf frequented.
But whatever you call the text, you can't get away from its having been written for and about Vita Sackville-West
, with all the wit, imagination and coy insularity of a great novelist in the throes of infatuation.
On summer visits to my grandmother Ruszkowski I picked |fruit~ and learned about preserving"--does a lot to warm up the public image of the omnicompetent homemaker The New York Times called "the over-achiever's Vita Sackville-West
Inset: Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
, pictured in 1933
It features a two-storey oak-framed building inspired by the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West
at Sissinghurst Castle, a swimming pond edged with water-loving plants, a woodland of river birches, acacias and acers, and a garden with tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams.
Romantic Sissinghurst Castle Garden, created by the renowned writer and horticurlturalist Vita Sackville-West
, is famous for its creative flair, profusion of colour and surprising vistas.
(1892-1962), artisocrat, poet and gardener, lived a life of passionate exuberance.
Desiring women; the partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
Sarton's descriptions of meetings with Julian Huxley, Vita Sackville-West
, Virginia Woolf, and other literary figures offer intimate, conversational portraits.
Dawn Simmons had it all, starting with a childhood at England's Sissinghurst Castle, home of Vista Sackville-West
and Harold Nicolson.