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Vita and Harold: The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson 1919 1962

Nigel Nicolson

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Biography: general, Biography: literary, Prose: non-fiction

The classic story of the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and a unique portrait of the Bloomsbury Group.

The marriage was that between the two writers, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the portrait is drawn partly by Vita herself in an autobiography which she left behind at her death in 1962 and partly by her son, Nigel.

It was one of the happiest and strangest marriages there has ever been. Both Vita and Harold were always in love with other people and each gave the other full liberty without enquiry or reproach, knowing that their love for each other would be unaffected and even strengthened by the crises which it survived.

This account of their love story is now a modern classic.

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Nigel Nicolson

Nigel Nicolson, the younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, was a publisher, a Member of Parliament, an editor (including six volumes of Virginia Woolf's letters and three of his father's diaries) and the author of many books on history, politics, architecture and literature. He lived at the family home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust, until his death in 2004.