From Sissinghurst Castle, Kent; The Huntington Library, California; and other libraries
Previous title: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson Manuscripts
At Sissinghurst Castle there lies a wealth of unpublished material -- entire plays and novels, early drafts of published works and many poems and fragments of verse that Vita Sackville-West held back partly because of their intimate context.
This collection, providing access to these hidden works for the first time, represents a breakthrough for scholars. It reveals fresh insights that have the potential to transform the study of this potent cultural figure.
Sackville-West was a prolific writer, widely read during her lifetime and critically acclaimed. More than 200 of her unpublished poems, plays, novels and short stories are included, as well as a collection of her husband's diaries, plays and wartime letters.
Her work reflects many of her complex relationships with both men and women, the most famous being with Virginia Woolf who celebrated her as "Orlando", the eponymous hero/heroine of her novel.
Among the many items of interest included in the collection are: