Portrait for V. Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)

Suellen Cox
Head of Instruction and Information Services
Pollak Library
California State University Fullerton



Novelist, poet, and consummate gardener, Victoria Mary (Vita) Sackville-West was born March 9, 1892, at Knole Castle, Sevenoaks, Kent, England. She died of cancer on June 2, 1962, at Sissinghurst Castle. Vita was the daughter of Victoria Josepha Dolores Catalina and Lionel Edward Sackville-West. Vita married Harold Nicolson on October 1. 1912. Vita and Harold had two children, Benedict and Nigel Nicolson.



Heritage, George H. Doran (1919)

The Dragon in Shallow Waters, Collins (1921), Putnam (1922)

Challenge, George H. Doran (1923), reprinted, Avon (1976)

Grey Wethers: A Romantic Novel, George H. Doran (1923)

Seducers in Ecuador, Hogarth Press (1924), George H. Doran (1925)

The Edwardians, Doubleday, Doran (1930), reprinted Virago (1983)

All Passion Spent, Doubleday, Doran (1932), reprinted Hogarth Press (1965)

Family History, Doubleday, Doran (1932), reprinted Penguin (1987)

The Dark Island, Doubleday, Doran (1934)

Grand Canyon: A Novel, Doubleday, Doran (1942)

Devil at Westease: The Story as Related by Roger Liddiard, Doubleday (1947)

The Easter Party, Doubleday (1953), reprinted Greenwood Press (1972)

No Signposts in the Sea, Doubleday (1961), reprinted Penguin (1985)


Short Stories

The Heir: A Love Story, privately printed (1922)

The Heir: A Love Story (short story collection containing: "The Heir," "The Christmas Party," "Patience," "Her Son," and "The Parrot), George H. Doran (1922), reprinted Cedric Chivers (1973)

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour and Other Stories (contains: "Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour," "The Death of Noble Godavary," "Gottfried Kuenstler," "The Poet," "Pomodoro," "Elizabeth Higginbottom," "Up Jenkins," and "An Unborn Visitant"), Doubleday, Doran (1932)

The Death of Noble Godavary and Gottfried Kuenstler, Benn (1932)



Chatterton, privately printed (1909)

Constantinople, privately printed (1915)

Poems of West and East, John Lane (1918)

Orchard and Vineyard, John Lane (1921)

The Land, Heinemann, (1926), Doran & Coy (1927)

King's Daughter, Hogarth Press (1929), Doubleday (1930)

Invitation to Cast Out Care, illustrated by Graham Sutherland, Faber (1931)

Sissinghurst, Hogarth Press (1931), reprinted, National Trust (1972)

Collected Poems: Volume I, Hogarth Press (1933), Doubleday (1934)

Solitude: A Poem, Hogarth Press (1938), Doubleday (1939)

Selected Poems, Hogarth Press (1941)

The Garden, Doubleday (1946)



Aphra Benn: The Incomparable Astra, G. Howe (1927), Viking (1928), reprinted, Russell (1970)

Andrew Marvell, Faber (1929), reprinted, Folcroft (1969)

St. Joan of Arc, Doubleday (1936), reprinted, M. Joseph (1969)

Pepita, Doubleday (1937), reprinted, Hogarth Press (1970)

The Eagle and the Dove: A Study in Contrasts, St. Theresa of Avila and St. Theresa of Lisieux, M. Joseph (1943), Doubleday (1944), reprinted, M. Joseph (1969)

Daughter of France: The Life of Marie Louise d'Orleans, Duchesse de Montpensier, 1627-1693, La Grande Mademoiselle, Doubleday 1959)



Dearest Andrew: Letters from V. Sackville-West to Adnrew Reiber, 1951-1952. Edited by Nancy MacKnight, Scribner, 1979.

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. Hutchinson, 1984.

Jullian, Philippe. Violet Trefusis: a Biography, including correspondence with Vita Sackville-West. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.

Jullian, Philippe. The Other Woman: a Life of Violet Trefusis, including Previously Unpublished Correspondence with Vita Sackville-West. Houghton Mifflin, 1976.

Vita and Harold: The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, Phoenix, 1993

Gardening Books

Country Notes, M. Joseph (1939), Harper (1940), reprinted, Books for Libraries (1971)

Country Notes in Wartime, Hogarth Press (1940), Doubleday (1941), reprinted, Books for Libraries (1970)

In Your Garden, M. Joseph (1951), published as Vita Sackville-Wests Garden Book, edited by Philippa Nicolson, Atheneum (1968), published in England as V. Sackville-Wests Garden Book: A Collection Taken from In Your Garden, M. Joseph (1968), reprinted, Macmillan (1983)

In Your Garden Again, M. Joseph (1953)

More for Your Garden, M. Joseph (1955)

A Joy of Gardening: A Selection for Americans, Hermine I. Popper, ed., Harper (1958)

Even More for Your Garden, M. Joseph (1958)

The Illustrated Garden Book: A Naew Anthology, Robin Lane Fox, ed., Atheneum (1986)

The Land and the Garden, Viking (1989)

Some Flowers, Cobden-Sanderson (1937), reprinted, illustrated by Graham Rust, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1993)



All Passion Spent (1931)

English Country Houses, Collins (1941)

Knole and the Sackvilles, George H. Doran (1922), revised edition, Benn (1950)

(Author of Introduction and Notes) The Diary of Lady Anne Clifford, Heinemann (1923), reprinted, Norwood Editions (1979)

Passenger to Teheran, Hogarth Press (1926), George H. Doran (1927), reprinted, Moyer Bell (1991)

Selected Writings, Palgrave (2002)

Twelve Days: An Account of a Journey Across the Bakhtiari Mountains in Southwestern Persia, Doubleday (1928)

(Translator) Rainer Marie Rilke, Duineser Elegien: Elegies from the Castle of Duino, Hogarth Press (1931)


Works About Vita Sackville West


Cross, Robert S. Vita Sackville-West: a Bibliography. Forward by Nigel Nicholson. Oak Knoll Press, 1999.


Brown, Jane.  Vita's Other World: A Gardening Biography of V. Sackville-West, Viking, 1985.

Esau, Eric J. Metaphors for Life: Knole, Sissinghurst, and Vita Sackville-West, Dartmouth College, 1983.

Glendinning, Victoria. Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, Knopf, 1983.

MacKnight, Nancy Margaret. Vita: A Portrait of V. Sackville-West, Columbia University, 1972.

Nicolson, Nigel. Portrait of a Marriage, Atheneum, 1973.

Scott-James, Anne. Sissinghurst: The Making of a Garden, M. Joseph, 1983.

Stevens, Michael. V. Sackville-West: A Critical Biography. Scribner's, 1967.

Trautmann, Joanne. The Jessamy Brides: The Friendship of Virginia Woolf and V. Sackville-West. Pennsylvannia State University Press, 1973

Watson, Sarah Ruth. V. Sackville-West. Twayne, 1972.


Criticism and Interpretation

Johnston, Georgia. The Formation of 20th Century Queer Autobiography: Reading Vita Sackville-West, Virgina Woolf, Hilda Doolittle, and Gertrude Stein. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Raitt, Suzanne. Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Clarendon Press; Oxford University Press, 1993.


Atkins, Eileen. Vita and Virginia. S. French, 1995


Julian, Philippe. The Other Woman: A Life of Violet Trefusis, including previously unpublished correspondence with Vita Sackville-West. Houghton Mifflin, 1976.

Sproles, Karyn Z. Desiring Women: the Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Magazine and Journal Articles


Boston Transcript, October 29, 1927, p. 8

Independent, February 26, 1927, p. 118

Outlook, February 13, 1929, p. 267

Times (London), November 27, 1924, p. 794


America, October 17, 1936, p.46




Chicago Sunday Tribune, February 23, 1958, p.14

PMLA, March, 1955

Vogue, September 1, 1956



Atlantic, July, 1961, p. 132

Book World, February 9, 1969, p.5

Newsweek, April 24, 1961

New York Times Book Review, April 16, 1961, p. 4

New Yorker, March 28, 1970, p. 125

Publishers Weekly, June 25, 1962

Time, June 8, 1962

Vogue, October 15, 1961


Economist, February 23, 1974, p. 116

Horticulture, July, 1977

Listener, February 28, 1974, p. 280

Newsweek, November 5, 1973

Observer, February 17, 1974, p. 32

Time, November 12, 1973

Vogue, November 1973


Horticulture, February, 1981, p. 8

Pomeroy, Elizabeth W. (1982).“Within Living Memory: Vita Sackville-West’s Poems of Land and Garden.Twentieth Century Literature, fall, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p 269.

Ms., April, 1984, p. 27

Punch, June 1, 1983, p. 81

Times, (London), May 14, 1983

Washington Post Book World, December 7, 1986, p. 15




Blanch, Sophie. (2007). “The Contested Wills: Reclaiming the Daughter’s Inheritance in Vita Sackville-West’s the Edwardians.” Critical Survey. Vol. 19 Issue 1, p73-83.





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