Vita Sackville West Promenade image

From left to right: Harold Nickolson, Vita Sackville-West, Rosamund Grosvenor, Lionel Sackville-West.

Vita Sackville-West: Novelist, Poet and Creator of Sissinghurst

Born to affluence in one of the great stately homes of England, Vita Sackville-West never really recovered from the fact that she had been born a girl and so could not inherit Knole, the house she adored.

Her life was controversial and full of contradictions: She married Harold Nicolson, but eloped with Violet Keppel; she wanted to be a famous poet, but is best remembered today for creating one of the loveliest gardens in England; she was loved by men and women and had an astonishing variety of sexual partners, but she remained happily married to one man.

Susannah Fullerton depicts the creation and development of Sissinghurst’s wonderful garden and discusses the intriguing life story of Vita herself.

 

image: From left to right: Harold Nickolson, Vita Sackville-West, Rosamund Grosvenor, Lionel Sackville-West. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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