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This is an auction for PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE by Nigel Nicolson.

"PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE is as close to a cry from the heart as anybody writing in English in our time has come, and it is a cry that, once heard, is not likely ever to be forgotten. . . . Unexpected and astonishing."
- The New Yorker

Amazon.com reviews

"Vita Sackville-West, novelist, poet, and biographer, is best known as the friend of Virginia Woolf, who transformed her into an androgynous time-traveler in 'Orlando'. The story of Sackville-West's marriage to Harold Nicolson is one of intrigue and bewilderment. In PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE, their son Nigel combines his mother's memoir with his own explanations and what he learned from their many letters. Even during her various love affairs with women, Vita maintained a loving marriage with Harold."

"FIVE STARS!!! Nigel Nicolson relates the story of his mother's Sapphic affair with Violet (whose mother was the mistress of Edward VII) with great detachment, allowing Vita to speak for herself in the form of a secret diary. The non-conformity of this marriage was the reason for its success and that it survived love affairs and differing interests speaks to us of the toleration, forgiveness and understanding that is lacking between so many married people. This book was not put together by Nigel Nicolson as a guide to married life but is a story of the adventure of living. I highly recommend It.."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nigel Nicolson is the son of the politician, diarist and biographer Harold Nicolson. The poet and writer Vita Sackville-West who restored Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust.

Paperback 1990

216 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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