Behind the Mask (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
384
Utgivningsdatum
2015-06-04
Förlag
William Collins
Dimensioner
196 x 185 x 24 mm
Vikt
290 g
ISBN
9780007486984

Behind the Mask

The Life of Vita Sackville-West

Häftad,  Engelska, 2015-06-04
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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.
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BOOK OF THE YEAR as chosen by: The Times Independent Observer 'Dennison captures both Vitas 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 Vitas extraordinary life and makes a new sort of sense of it fascinating an insightful book. The connections between Vitas 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] Dennisons 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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Matthew Dennison is the author of seven critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer. His most recent book is Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter. He is a contributor to Country Life and Telegraph.