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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
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A dazzling new biography of Vita Sackville-West, the 20th century aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse, and iconoclast who defied categorization. In this stunning 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. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind 'the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion - a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life"--
  • "In this stunning 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. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind 'the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion - a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life"--
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dennison, Matthew
Dewey number
  • 823/.912
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6037.A35
LC item number
Z64 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sackville-West, V.
  • Authors, English
Label
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903812317
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xix, 364 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250033949
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015002466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)903812317
Label
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903812317
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xix, 364 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250033949
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015002466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)903812317

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