Portrait of a Marriage

Author(s): Nigel Nicolson

Biography | No Category | November 2020

The marriage was that between the two writers, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the portrait is drawn partly by Vita herself in an autobiography which she left behind at her death in 1962 and partly by her son, Nigel. It was one of the happiest and strangest marriages there has ever been. Both Vita and Harold were always in love with other people and each gave the other full liberty 'without enquiry or reproach', knowing that their love for each other would be unaffected and even strengthened by the crises which it survived. This account of their love story is now a modern classic.


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To be reissued alongside Nigel Nicolson's Virginia Woolf One of the most revealing and endearing portraits of literary life at the time of the Bloomsbury circle - now regarded as a classic Over 500,000 copies already sold in paperback A captivating and personal account written by Vita Sackville-West's son Nigel Nicolson won the Whitbread Prize for his biography of Mary Curzon Memorable BBC TV series, starring Janet McTeer 'One of the most absorbing stories, built around two very remarkable people, ever to stray from Gothic fiction into real life' Times Literary Supplement

Nigel Nicolson is the son of the politician, diarist and biographer Harold Nicolson, and the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West who restored Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust. The family were close friends with Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Nicolson was the co-founder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was a Conservative MP in the 1950s and is the author of fifteen previous books.

General Fields

  • : 9781857990607
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : September 1994
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nigel Nicolson
  • : Paperback
  • : 224