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After they met in 1922, Vita Sackville-West, a British novelist married to diplomat Harold Nicolson, and Virginia Woolf began an intense and passionate relationship that lasted until Woolf’s death in 1941. In their correspondence, the women leave no aspect of their lives untouched: they record daily dramas, bits of gossip, the strains and pleasures of writing, and their mutual joy in each other’s company. This edition includes over 500 letters spanning 20 years; features 25 photographs, eight new to this edition; and has a new introduction and bibliography.
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"Rarely can a collection of correspondence have cast into more dramatic relief two personalities more individual or more complex; and rarely can an enterprise of the heart have been carried out so near the verge of archetypal feeling." —Mitchell A. Leaska, from the introductionAbout the Author:
Louise DeSalvo is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hunter College. She has published eleven books, including Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work and the award-winning memoir Vertigo. She is the editor of Virginia Woolf's Melymbrosia.
Mitchell A. Leaska, Professor of Humanities at New York University, is the author of The Novels of Virginia Woolf and editor of Woolf's early journals, A Passionate Apprentice, which was named among the year's most notable books by the New York Times Book Review.
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