Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings


An anthology giving a taste of every aspect of Sackville-West’s considerable oeuvre, from her memoirs and diaries, letters and travel writing to her literary criticism, her writing on gardening, her fiction (both longer works and short fiction), her poetry, and finally her reflection on animals (which she loved).

I haven’t read the whole anthology yet — this isn’t the sort of book I can read in a single go (nor is it meant to be read that way, I think) — but I’ve read enough to be able to say that for anyone totally unfamiliar with Sackville-West’s writings, this is a great introduction to her voice as a writer and the way she employs that voice across a variety of literary forms; even if, like all such anthologies, it will only end up making you want to seek out some of her individual works in their full glory.

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