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Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West (Paperback)
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Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 04/06/2015
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Aristocrat, literary celebrity, `Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography.

Vita Sackville-West was a woman who defied categorisation. She was the dispossessed girl whose lonely childhood at Knole inspired enduring feats of imagination, the celebrated author and poet, the adored and affectionate wife whose marriage included passionate homosexual affairs (most famously with Virginia Woolf ), and the recluse who found in nature and her garden at Sissinghurst Castle solace from the contradictions of her extraordinary life. In this dazzling new biography, Matthew Dennison traces these complexities, depicting a prolific, radical, sensitive and uncompromising figure in all her depth.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007486984
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

BOOK OF THE YEAR as chosen by:

The Times
Independent
Observer

'Dennison captures both Vita's irresistible charm and her selfishness. Like his subject, he is a natural storyteller, and his impeccable scholarship never weighs down his lively narrative' Independent

`Brave man to take on the biography of Vita, and he has brought it off superbly ... It studies and reveals this extraordinary woman as well as could possibly be. A fine achievement' Spectator, Susan Hill

`Astute and engaging, Dennison looks again at Vita's extraordinary life and makes a new sort of sense of it ... fascinating ... an insightful book. The connections between Vita's childhood, her dispossessions, her sexuality and her writing are compellingly explored. Vita emerges as a complex and interesting character, and far more than a gay icon' Literary Review

`Dennison emphasises the desire for solitude that existed in tension with her joyous sensuality and need for love' Guardian

`Detailed and fascinating ... Dennison shows true admiration for his latest subject ... freshly chronicled here for the first time in more than 30 years' Daily Express

`Intimate ... A splendid biography of a splendid character' The Lady

'This astute and engaging book looks again at Vita's extraordinary life and makes a new sort of sense of it ... Fascinating ... Insightful ... The connections between Vita's childhood, her dispossession, her sexuality and her writing are compellingly explored. Vita emerges as a complex and interesting character, and far more than a gay icon' Literary Review

`Comprehensively documents her literary ... with evocative portraits of her husband [and lovers] ... Dennison's Vita is convincingly ambivalent and inflammatory, a product of her age' New Statesman

'This carefully researched book is intelligently and elegantly written ... balanced, oratical and confident' Spectator

`Brilliant ... thorough and engaging' Daily Mail

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