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Guide to the Vita Sackville-West Papers, 1953-1961 and undated

Summary

The collection consists of five typescript letters, one photocopied Encyclopedia Britannica article regarding Sackville-West's book "Aphara Behn" in the "Representative Women" series, along with a poem. The first letter, one page addressed to Sackville-West, dated 1953 May 22, signed "A. Purvis," discusses the birthplace and date of Aphra Behn. A photocopy of the Encyclopedia Britannica article on Behn is included. A typescript note dated 18 July, 1961, signed V. Sackville-West on Sissinghurst letterhead, was written in response to a letter from Sylvia Haymon about Aphra Behn, and Sackville-West's article on Behn in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Included are copies of three letters, all dated 1961, sent to Sylvia Haymon, two to Sackville-West, and one to Miss J. Parfitt, Acting Editor of the Women's Page of The Times in London. The topics of the undated, one-page "Diary-Poem" have to do with Sackville-West's loss of her given name upon her marriage to Harold Nicolson in 1913, and the loss of Knole, her family's estate in Kent, in 1928 because of patriarchal inheritance laws.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11159
Title
Vita Sackville-West papers
Date
1953-1961 and undated
Creator
Sackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 7 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of five typescript letters, one photocopied Encyclopedia Britannica article regarding Sackville-West's book "Afara Behn" in the "Representative Women" series, along with a poem. The first letter, one page addressed to Sackville-West, dated 1953 May 22, signed "A. Purvis," discusses the birthplace and date of Aphra Behn. A photocopy of the Encyclopedia Britannica article on Behn is included. A typescript note dated 18 July, 1961, signed V. Sackville-West on Sissinghurst letterhead, was written in response to a letter from Sylvia Haymon about Aphra Behn, and Sackville-West's article on Behn in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Included are copies of three letters, all dated 1961, sent to Sylvia Haymon, two to Sackville-West, and one to Miss J. Parfitt, Acting Editor of the Women's Page of The Times in London. The topics of the undated, one-page "Diary-Poem" have to do with Sackville-West's loss of her given name upon her marriage to Harold Nicolson in 1913, and the loss of Knole, her family's estate in Kent, in 1928 because of patriarchal inheritance laws.

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[Identification of item], Vita Sackville-West papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters
(0.1 Linear Feet, 6 items)
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Vita (Victoria) Sackville-West (1892-1962) was an English writer and garden designer. She was the daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville, and Victoria Sackville-West.


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Provenance

The Vita Sackville-West papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015 and 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Lewis, March, 2016.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS405; 2015-0050-LUBMSS423, 2016-0213.

Addition 2016-0213 processed by Allie Poffinberger, August, 2016.