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«The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf» - Oakland Tribune Review

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Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 1928: = = = "I believe that the main thing in the beginning of a novel is to feel, not that you can write it, but that it exists on the far side of a gulf, which words can't cross; that it's to be pulled through only in a breathless anguish. . . . Only when one has forgotten what one meant does the book seem tolerable." = = = After they met in 1922, Vita Sackville-West, a British novelist married to foreign diplomat Harold Nicolson, and Virginia Woolf began a passionate relationship that lasted until Woolf’s death in 1941. Their revealing correspondence leaves no aspect of their lives untouched: daily dramas, bits of gossip, the strains and pleasures of writing, and always the same joy in each other’s company. This volume, which features over 500 letters spanning 19 years, includes the writings of both of these literary icons.
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