A PREVIOUSLY unseen work by the novelist Vita Sackville-West
- written as a miniature book for Queen Mary's dolls' house - is to be published for the first time.
Perhaps the most famous of these gardens is the one at Sissinghurst Castle, home of writer and diplomat Harold Nicolson and his wife Vita Sackville-West
, an excellent writer and the inspiration for the protagonist of Woolf's novel Orlando.
Minority Voices Theatre will present "Vita & Virginia," a romantic, revealing play adapted from the love letters between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
Eva Green and Gemma Arterton, both straight, will star as literary lovers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
in a UK film
Admirers of Virginia Woolf's fiction will recognize Pepita as the Spanish dancer whom Orlando marries in Orlando (1928), Woolf's unique "love-letter" to Vita Sackville-West
argues convincingly that the English country house is "essentially part of the country, not only in the country, but part of it, a natural growth" (8).
Titles in the Belgravia Lending Library include Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, Julian Fellowes Belgravia, Ian Flemings James Bond series, an anthology of Tennyson poetry, a stunning photography book showcasing Philip Treacys hats and biographies of politician Margaret Thatcher, poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West
and actress Vivien Leigh.
Ostensibly it is a fascinating tale of seven generations of women, including Vita Sackville-West
, friend and lover of Virginia Woolf and the famous houses in which they intermittently lived: Knole, the calendar house, with its 365 rooms and 52 staircases and Sissinghurst with its celebrated gardens.
When Virginia Woolf introduced the idea of Orlando (1928) to Vita Sackville-West
, whose life was the basis for Orlando, she explained that Sackville-West's "excellence as a subject" arose largely from her "noble birth," adding teasingly: "(But whats [sic] 400 years of nobility, all the same?
With a large natural swimming pond and writers' retreat, it features a two-storey, oak-framed building inspired by the writing room of poet Vita Sackville-West
at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, 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, and a touch of orange.
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, with a touch of orange.
The Sissinghurst garden was created by writer Vita Sackville-West
and her husband, Harold Nicolson.