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The Resource Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison

Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison

Label
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West
Title
Behind the mask
Title remainder
the life of Vita Sackville-West
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Dennison
Title variation
Life of Vita Sackville-West
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography. Vita Sackville-West is perhaps best known as the creator, with her husband Harold Nicolson, of the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, now the most visited gardens in Britain. In a career spanning more than forty years, she also made her mark as a prolific and accomplished writer. She was an award-winning poet, a best-selling novelist, a biographer, a travel writer and a journalist with a huge and devoted following. Images of Vita - striking, poised, aristocratic, and intellectual - remain iconic even now. Yet these public images do not tell all. Behind the mask another, more complicated Vita lay. Here, in the first biography to be written for thirty years, Matthew Dennison reveals a renegade, brave and charismatic woman: from a lonely childhood of immense privilege in her beloved family house Knole (which she, as a woman, could never inherit), to a celebrated and affectionate marriage which was nevertheless mutually 'open' and strewn with passionate homosexual affairs (in Vita's case, most famously with Virginia Woolf and Violet Trefusis); from the hubbub of jewel-encrusted parties at Buckingham Palace, to the solace Vita found in nature and gardening and the eventual seclusion of her tower at Sissinghurst. Drawing on sources from archives across the globe as well as Vita's own prolific written output, Dennison traces the inspiration, triumphs and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. Devoted wife, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', reluctant courtier, recluse, lesbian, iconoclast - Dennison deftly weaves together the myriad strands of Vita's life to create a revealing and insightful portrait of the woman behind the mask
Summary
In this new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but 'open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10429073
Cataloging source
DLC
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Dennison, Matthew
Dewey number
  • 823.912
  • 920
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sackville-West, V.
  • Sackville-West, V.
  • Authors, English
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life of Vita Sackville-West
Label
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053728585
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xix., 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780007486960
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), genealogical table, portraits
Label
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053728585
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xix., 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780007486960
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), genealogical table, portraits

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