All Passion Spent

ISBN-10: 0860683583
ISBN-13: 9780860683582
Edition: 1999
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Description: As an unmarriednbsp;17-year-old, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. Instead, she becomes the wife of a great statesman and the mother ofnbsp;6 children.nbsp;70 years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of  More...

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Publication date: 5/12/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

As an unmarriednbsp;17-year-old, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. Instead, she becomes the wife of a great statesman and the mother ofnbsp;6 children.nbsp;70 years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead. Here she recollects the dreams of youth, and revels in the present with her odd assortment of companions. Genoux, her French maid, Mr. Bucktrout, her house agent, and Mr. Gosheron, her painter and carpenter. She is also accompanied by Mr. FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who had met and loved her in India when she was young and very lovely. It is here in this world of her own that she finds a passion that comes only with the freedom to choose, and it is this, her greatest gift, that she passes on to the only one who can understand its value.

Poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West began writing as a child. Born at elegant Knole Castle, scene of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando (1928), Sackville-West was educated in that 365-room dwelling. In 1913 she married Harold Nicolson (see Vol. 3), journalist, diplomat, and biographer. Despite Nicolson's homosexuality and her own lesbian affair with Violet Trefusis, this marriage survived. Poems of East and West, her first book, was published in 1917. She remained unknown except by a small group of literary connoisseurs until 1927, when she received the Hawthornden Prize for a second volume of poetry. At this time she lived in London and was part of the Bloomsbury group, which also included Lytton Strachey (see Vol. 3), E. M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes (see Vol. 3), and Woolf. Sackville-West published many novels and volumes of poetry, biography, and family history, and several books on gardening, as well as book reviews and criticism. All of her writings reflect the same unhurried approach, deep reflection, and brilliantly polished style. Her influence on other writers, especially Woolf, was perhaps greater than her own individual achievement. The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931) are her best-known novels. Sackville-West's son, Nigel Nicholson, recounted the close, but unconventional relationship of his parents in the memoir Portrait of a Marriage, published in 1973.

Eileen Ascroft (1914–1962)nbsp;spent a lifetime in journalism,nbsp;working fornbsp;such publicationsnbsp;as theDailynbsp;Mirror—until she was fired for using the director's office door as a dartboard during a party—and theEvening Standard,eventually assuming responsibility for the promotion and control ofnbsp;a large magazine empire. Joanna Lumley is an actress and one-time Bond girlnbsp;best known for her role inAbsolutely Fabulous.

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