English poet and novelist.
Autograph Letter Signed, “V. Sackville-West,” one page, quarto, December 12, no year, on her engraved Sevenoaks stationery.
“Dear Sir / I must thank you for your letter about Passenger to Teheran. I expect I was wrong to say cowardly. I had in mind a life of scholarly retreat, rather than of renunciation, temptation, and the rest. A life which was merely shielded from the troubles of the world. It was the too hasty expression of some one who has only envied from outside, not tried the test in a practical way, as you say you have. I ought to apologize to you. I do.
“But surely a light house is pretty lonely too? You seem to have a taste for solitude.”
In the spring of 1926, Vita Sackville-West travelled to Persia to visit her husband, Harold Nicolson, who was at the British Legation. Her journey took her through Egypt, India and Iraq, and back later that year through the newly-Communist Russia and revolution-torn Poland. The route was circuitous and the pace leisurely, though not without excitement. Passenger to Teheran is her account of the journey, described with characteristic humour.
Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson were married in 1913; she was 21 and he was 27 years old. They had an open marriage which was unusually strong and close. Nicolson was at times a diplomat, a journalist, a broadcaster, a Member of Parliament, and an author of biographies and novels. When Sackville-West went to see him in 1926, her famous affair with Virginia Woolf was well underway.
Sevenoaks in Kent is the birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West.
Framed (with blue inner and outer mats, with a photograph, in a decorative silver frame) dimensions: 18 inches wide by 15 inches high.
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- Literature – English/Irish