Long Life

Long Life The younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West Nigel Nicolson grew up in a world that combined Bloomsbury with Knole Eton with Sissinghurst Oxford with uninhabited islands in the Outer

  • Title: Long Life
  • Author: Nigel Nicolson
  • ISBN: 9780399143632
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West, Nigel Nicolson grew up in a world that combined Bloomsbury with Knole, Eton with Sissinghurst, Oxford with uninhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides He was Virginia Woolf s eleven year old companion while she was writing Orlando, her fantasy about his mother He admired Mussolini in Rome and Goebbels in Berlin, tThe younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West, Nigel Nicolson grew up in a world that combined Bloomsbury with Knole, Eton with Sissinghurst, Oxford with uninhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides He was Virginia Woolf s eleven year old companion while she was writing Orlando, her fantasy about his mother He admired Mussolini in Rome and Goebbels in Berlin, then changed his mind when war came, serving in the Grenadier Guards in the African and Italian campaigns After the war, he founded, with George Weidenfeld, the publishing firm of Weidenfeld Nicolson, which flourished in the face of such controversial publications as Nabokov s Lolita Simultaneously, he became a member of Parliament, serving for seven years as Tory MP for Bournemouth After leaving politics, he returned to writing full time, editing his father s famous diaries and Virginia Woolf s letters His best known book, Portrait of a Marriage, describes his mother s torrid love affair with Violet Trefusis and its aftermath In Long Life, Nigel Nicolson paints a vivid portrait of a truly fascinating life.

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    1. Very enjoyable read from an Englishman who observed interesting times at close range. A must-read for anyone interested in the British literati in the 20th century.

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