The radical, relatable, and playful love story between two extraordinary twentieth-century writers, revealed in selected letters and diary entries.
Vita Sackville-West (Author)
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born at Knole in Kent, the only child of aristocratic parents. In 1913 she married diplomat Harold Nicolson, with whom she had two sons and travelled extensively. They had an unconventional marriage, and troughout her life Sackville-West had a number of other relationships with both men and women. She wrote novels, non-fiction, and poetry, including The Land (1926), which won the Hawthorden Prize.
Virginia Woolf (Author)
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was born in London. She became a central figure in The Bloomsbury Group, an informal collective of British writers, artists and thinkers. In 1912 Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. She wrote many works of literature which are now considered masterpieces, including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, and The Waves.
Alison Bechdel (Introducer)
Alison Bechdel is the author of two internationally acclaimed graphic memoirs, Fun Home- A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?- A Comic Drama. Fun Home was a New York Times bestseller, won an Eisner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named a Best Book of the 21st Century by the Guardian, was adapted to a broadway musical which won five Tony Awards and is currently being adapted for cinema. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life - queer and otherwise - considered 'one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre'. Alison Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics, 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and The New York Times Book Review. In 2014 she was named as one of the recipients of the MacArthur 'Genius' Award.
"A deliciously tactile volume of love letters; I've been carrying
them around the house, dipping in and out, and finding new things
each time. As Vita said of Mrs Dalloway, they bewilder, illuminate
and reveal" - Nino Strachey, author of Rooms of Their Own
*Nino Strachey, author of Rooms of Their Own*