Vita Sackville-West

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Victoria Mary (Vita) Nicolson (Sackville-West), CH

Birthplace: Knole House, Kent, England, UK
Death: June 02, 1962 (70)
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville and Victoria Sackville-West, Baroness Sackville
Wife of Sir Harold George Nicolson, KCVO, CMG
Ex-partner of Alvilde Lees-Milne; Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf
Mother of Lionel Benedict (Benedict) Nicolson, MVO and Nigel Nicolson, OBE

Occupation: author and garden designer
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Vita Sackville-West

Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author and garden designer.

She was a successful novelist, poet, and journalist, as well as a prolific letter writer and diarist. She published more than a dozen collections of poetry during her lifetime and 13 novels. She was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems. She was the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend and lover, Virginia Woolf.

She had a longstanding column in The Observer (1946–1961) and is remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst created with her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson.

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March 9, 1892
Knole House, Kent, England, UK
August 6, 1914
January 9, 1917
183 Ebury Street, London, Greater London, England, SW1W 9JL, United Kingdom
June 2, 1962
Age 70
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England, UK