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Nigel Nicolson is the author of "Portrait of a Marriage," a biography of his parents, Harold Nicolson & Vita Sackville-West, & of "Long Life," his own memoirs. He has also written books on politics & the arts & the Whitbread Prize-winning biography "Mary Curzon." A Member of Parliament for several mostra'n més years, he is cofounder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson publishers. He lives at Sissinghurst, England, now a National Trust property. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) Please do not combine this page with the Nigel Nicholson author page: while Nigel Nicholson is sometimes a typo for Nigel Nicolson, there are two different authors for whom it is the correct spelling.

Crèdit de la imatge: BBC

Obres de Nigel Nicolson

Virginia Woolf (2000) 387 exemplars
The Himalayas (1975) 124 exemplars
The World of Jane Austen (1991) 115 exemplars
Napoleon 1812 (1985) 98 exemplars
Long Life (1997) 92 exemplars
Mary Curzon (1977) 71 exemplars
Ightham Mote, Kent (1993) 36 exemplars
Sissinghurst Castle Garden {incorrect cover/author?} (1994) — Autor — 30 exemplars
Kent (1988) 23 exemplars
National Trust Atlas (1981) 18 exemplars

Obres associades

The Letters of Virginia Woolf : Volume 1, 1888-1912 (1975) — Editor — 306 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf : Volume 2, 1912-1922 (1976) — Editor — 262 exemplars
Diaries and Letters, Vol. 2: The War Years, 1939-1945 (1967) — Editor — 241 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf : Volume 3, 1923-1928 (1977) — Editor — 215 exemplars
Diaries and Letters, Vol. 1: 1930-1939 (1697) — Editor — 174 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf : Volume 4, 1929-1931 (1978) — Editor — 173 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf, Volume 5 (1979) — Editor — 158 exemplars
The Counties of Britain: A Tudor Atlas (1988) — Introducció — 155 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf : Volume 6, 1936-1941 (1980) — Editor — 148 exemplars
Diaries and Letters, 3 vol.: 1930-1964 (1966) — Editor — 137 exemplars
Diaries and Letters, Vol. 3: The Later Years, 1945-1962 (1966) — Editor — 124 exemplars
Some People (1930) — Introducció, algunes edicions123 exemplars
English Country Churches (1985) — Introducció — 116 exemplars
Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings (2017) — Editor, algunes edicions79 exemplars
The Harold Nicolson Diaries 1907-1963 (2004) — Editor — 71 exemplars
Country House Camera (1980) — Pròleg — 51 exemplars
Public Faces (1932) — Introducció, algunes edicions29 exemplars
The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Six Volumes (1975) — Editor — 5 exemplars


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favorite review was in the London Times book section: Portrait of a what?
Overgaard | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Jan 19, 2023 |
El matrimonio formado por Vita Sackville-West y Harold Nicolson fue uno de los más excéntricos y menos convencionales de la sociedad inglesa de la primera mitad del siglo XX. Ella era aristócrata, escritora, especialista en jardinería, de reconocidas tendencias homosexuales y sirvió como modelo a Virginia Woolf para el personaje protagonista de Orlando; él, también homosexual, era un notable escritor, político y diplomático. Juntos vivieron una historia de asexuada pasión en el seno del mítico grupo de Bloomsbury, entregados a la literatura, la amistad, las aventuras extramatrimoniales y a la restauración del castillo de Sissinghurst en Kent, cuyos jardines diseñaron y cuidaron a lo largo de toda su vida.… (més)
Natt90 | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Nov 29, 2022 |
While the subject of the book was an interesting woman who is still talked of today, the actual writing of the book fell a bit flat. In places, it was actually boring, and I found myself struggling to get through it.

One of the things I enjoyed in the book was reading the love story of George and Mary. There is even a sweet poem composed by George for Mary included in the book.

Unless you are a hardcore Curzon fan, give this one a pass.
briandrewz | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 17, 2022 |
A Passionate Affair within an Unconventional Marriage

Interestingly, in her tribute and spoof of her dear friend Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf framed the questions that Nigel Nicolson attempted answering by surrounding his mother's confession of her affair with Violet Trefusis with his own apologia for her various affairs. Toward the end of Orlando, Woolf placed these thoughts in the mind of Vita's personification, Lady Orlando: "She was married, true; but if one's husband was always sailing round Cape Horn, was it marriage? If one liked him, was it marriage? And finally, if one still wished, more than anything in the whole world, to write poetry, was it marriage?" She answered, "She had her doubts."

Of course, Woolf was writing fiction and a humorous tribute, a well as a send up of Victorian biography, so she probably didn't believe her answer, and certainly Vita, Harold, and Nigel didn't. Doubtless, Nigel's parents had a decidedly unconventional marriage. It was a marriage, though, and something of a perfect one for them, one conducted much times at a distance, in obsessive letter writing, often from necessity as Harold Nicolson served as a diplomat until 1929 and then as a politician and writer, and laced on both sides with homosexual affairs. Vita and Harold wrote constantly, both producing numerous highly regarded works of fiction, criticism, she poetry, as well as diaries, and Vita's gardening books (the National Trust now owns and maintains their second home Sissinghurst Castle and its gardens, a passion they shared). And writing, by its nature, is a solitary profession.

In A Portrait of a Marriage, Vita works out her own feelings about her just concluding affair with Violet Trefusis, an impassioned three-year romp through England and over Europe that came within a hare's breath of ruining her marriage; that would have sunk any ordinary marriage if not for upper class social convention (ironically, what she and Violet professed to be rebelling against), strong-willed mothers, and an almost unbelievably tolerant and loving husband. She came to understand fully Harold's love for her and her for him, and suffered and wrote of her guilt for tormenting him.

That is the crux of A Portrait of a Marriage: in their own ways, Vita and Harold loved each other. It may not have been a conventional love or marriage; nonetheless, the foundation of their relationship was love and respect for each other. Nigel brings out their love in what must have been a difficult assignment for a son.

Highly recommended to be read with an open mind. For more on Vita, an ever-fascinating woman, read the standard biography by Victoria Glendinning, Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West. For more on her affair with Violet Trefusis, who became a fine writer herself, see Professor Mitchell A. Leaska's introduction to Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910-1921. And do read Vita's works, still worthy of your attention.

Finally, a picture is worth a thousands words. This edition contains perhaps my favorite photo of Vita and Harold. They are on their way to the Scott hearing (Vita's mother's contested inheritance of a fortune from Sir John Murray "Seery" Scott) on July 4, 1913, where Vita is to present testimony. A paparazzi of the era snapped it a few months preceding her marriage to Harold on October 1, 1913. From left to right, are Harold, a very great space, Vita tightly next to Rosamund Grosvenor, then Lord Sackville slightly ahead. Nothing special you might say, except that Rosamund and Vita were lovers, though few viewing the photo at the time would have known.
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write-review | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Nov 4, 2021 |



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