Sackville-West, Victoria Mary

(1892-1962)
   Related to Thomas Sackville (see entry) and known as Vita, she was born at Knole near Sevenoaks, Kent. Her father was created Baron Sackville in 1908. By the time she was eighteen, she had written eight novels (one in French) and five plays, all on historical themes. In 1913 she married Sir Harold Nicolson (Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, 1920). One of her important books of the period leading up to the 1920s was Knole and the Sackvilles (1922), a history of her home and ancestors. She went on to write many more novels and biographies and two volumes of poetry, Poems of West and East (1917) and Orchard and Vineyard (1921). Her poems evoke the beauty of the English countryside and the rural year in Kent. Her love of gardening is legendary; she developed the famous gardens at her home, Sissinghurst Castle, which now belongs to the National Trust. She was appointed Companion of Honor in 1948. She died of cancer. Some of her poems: "Absence," "Beechwoods at Knole," "Full Moon," "On the Lake," "September 1939," "The Aquarium, San Francisco," "The Garden."
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  • Sackville-West,Victoria Mary — Sack·ville West (săkʹvĭl wĕstʹ), Victoria Mary. Known as “Vita.” 1892 1962. British writer whose novels include The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). * * * …   Universalium

  • Sackville-West —   [ sækvɪl west], Victoria Mary (Vita), englische Schriftstellerin, * Knole Castle (County Kent) 9. 3. 1892, ✝ Sissinghurst Castle (County Kent) 2. 7. 1962; entstammte dem Hochadel; ab 1913 Ȋ mit H. Nicolson. Ihr als skandalös geltender… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Victoria Mary Sackville-West — Lady in a Red Hat – Vita Sackville West. Gemälde von William Strang, 1918 ‎ Victoria Mary Sackville West, The Hon Lady Nicolson, genannt Vita (* 9. März 1892 auf Knole House, Sevenoaks, Kent; † 2. Juni 1962 auf Sissinghurst Castle) war eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sackville-West, V — ▪ British writer married name Victoria Mary Nicolson born March 9, 1892, Knole, Kent, Eng. died June 2, 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent       English novelist and poet who wrote chiefly about the Kentish countryside, where she spent most of her… …   Universalium

  • Sackville-West, Vita — orig. Victoria Mary Sackville West born March 9, 1892, Knole, Kent, Eng. died June 2, 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent British novelist and poet. The daughter of a baron, she married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson (1886–1968) in 1913; her …   Universalium

  • Sackville-West, Vita — orig. Victoria Mary Sackville West (9 mar. 1892, Knole, Kent, Inglaterra–2 jun. 1962, castillo de Sissinghurst, Kent). Novelista y poeta británica. Hija de un barón, se casó con el escritor y diplomático Harold Nicolson (n. 1886–m. 1968) en 1913 …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Sackville-West — /sækvəl ˈwɛst/ (say sakvuhl west) noun Victoria Mary ( Vita ), 1892–1962, English novelist and poet; best known for her long poems The Land and The Garden …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sackville-West — /sak vil west /, n. Dame Victoria Mary ( Vita ), 1892 1962, English poet and novelist (wife of Harold Nicolson). * * * …   Universalium

  • Sackville-West — Sack′ville West′ n. big Dame Victoria Mary (“Vita”), 1892–1962, English poet and novelist …   From formal English to slang

  • Sackville-West — /sak vil west /, n. Dame Victoria Mary ( Vita ), 1892 1962, English poet and novelist (wife of Harold Nicolson) …   Useful english dictionary

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