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Portrait of a Marriage

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet, and biographer, is best known as the friend of Virginia Woolf, who transformed her into an androgynous time-traveler in Orlando. The story of Sackville-West’s marriage to Harold Nicolson is one of intrigue and bewilderment. In Portrait of a Marriage, their son Nigel combines his mother’s memoir with his own explanations and what he learned from their many letters. Even during her various love affairs with women, Vita maintained a loving marriage with Harold. Portrait of a Marriage presents an often misunderstood but always fascinating couple.

"Portrait of a Marriage is as close to a cry from the heart as anybody writing in English in our time has come, and it is a cry that, once heard, is not likely ever to be forgotten. . . . Unexpected and astonishing."—Brendan Gill, New Yorker

"The charm of this book lies in the elegance of its narration, the taste with which their son has managed to convey the real, enduring quality of his parents’ love for each other."—Doris Grumbach, New Republic

278 pages | 21 halftones | 5-1/2 x 9 | © 1973

Biography and Letters

Table of Contents

Part I by V. Sackville-West
Chronology 1827-1917
Part II by Nigel Nicolson
Part III by V. Sackville-West
Chronology 1918-1921
Part IV by Nigel Nicolson
Part V by Nigel Nicolson
Index

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