Sackville-West, Vita

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Sackville-West, Vita Gender: F
Sackville-West, Victoria
born on 9 March 1892 at 04:15 (= 04:15 AM )
Place Sevenoaks, England, 51n16, 0e12
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 19°05' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 29°50 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 19°19'

Vita Sackville-West


British poet, novelist, and world-renowned horticulturist, gifted and complex. Sackville, a member of the famed Bloomsbury group, wrote more than 50 books of poetry, short stories, and novels. She would later write a weekly gardening column for The Observer. Upon her death, her son Nigel Nicolson released her diary, "Portrait of a Marriage" to the public which outlined her lesbian love affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis, her married school chum. The triangle relationship between Sackville-Trefusis and Vita's husband, homosexual British former diplomat, Harold Nicholson, raised many eyebrows in England.

Sackville's mother was the illegitimate daughter of Pepita, a Spanish dancer and "Old" Lionel Sackville-West, a British diplomat posted in Washington DC. Her mother was raised in a Paris convent. She married Lionel Sackville-West and they raised their daughter Vita at Knole. She was the descendent of an aristocratic family whose Gothic manor house, Knole, in Kent, England was a gift from Elizabeth I. Sackville lived in the splendid home with 365 rooms and set within a vast deer park. At the age of 12, Vita had already started writing poetry and short stories. In 1905, she went to Miss Wolff's School in London for three years. In the autumn of 1909, Vita and her mother visited Russia. Vita made her debut into society in June 1910. After her marriage to British diplomat Harold Nicholson, the two lived abroad in Constantinople. She missed England and hated the expatriate life; she returned to Kent while her husband continued his diplomatic service.

Sackville-West published her first poem, "The Land" in 1926. She went on to publish short stories and novels such as "The Edwardians" in 1930 and "All Passion Spent" in 1931. Her husband returned to England and resigned his diplomatic post in 1929. He worked as a journalist, critic and biographer of Swinburne and George V. Vita and her husband were snobs, and were greatly disappointed when Harold was not given a peerage from King George V after writing his biography. They considered lineage, wealth and titles important in their social circle and stayed clear of the middle class. At their home at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, Sackville and Nicholson worked on the creation of one of Britain's most beautiful gardens. Sackville wrote gardening advice in her column for The Observer in the 1940s and 1950s.

Sackville-West first met Harold Nicholson at a society dinner party in June 1910. They married at Knole on 10/01/1913 and honeymooned in Italy and Egypt. Vita gave birth to their first son Benjamin on 8/06/1914. She delivered a stillborn son on 11/03/1915. Their third son, Nigel Nicholson, was born on 1/19/1917. In 1918, Vita began her lesbian love affair with Violet Keppel. Leaving her children at home, she traveled to Cornwall and France to be with her lover. In her diary, Sackville-West recorded her three-year affair and obsession for Violet. In that time, Violet married; however the two continued their affair. In 1921, Vita returned to Harold and the boys but continued to have affairs. The couple stayed in their marriage but explored their sexuality in homo-erotic affairs that did not pose any threat to the marriage. Sackville-West derived little pleasure from motherhood and preferred to send her boys away for eight months out of the year.

In January 1962, Sackville-West suffered from internal hemorrhages which she managed to conceal from her husband. She finally underwent an operation but doctors found that she was in an advanced stage of cancer. She died at Sissinghurst, Kent on 6/02/1962.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Nicolson, Adam (born 12 September 1957). Notes: Grandmother/ grandson


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person June 1910 (Met Harold)
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  • Social : Change of Lifestyle July 1910 (Debut into society)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 6 August 1914 (First son born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 19 January 1917 (Third son born)
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  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair January 1918 (Began affair with Violet 3 years)
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  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair 1921 (Affairs from then on)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis January 1962 (Ill with hemorrhages)
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Source Notes

David Fisher quotes her mom's diary in biog "Vita" by Victoria Glendinning, 1983.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Writing poetry by age 12)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious (She and husband both snobs, socially ambitious)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Raised on estate, 365-room manor)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (She and husband both bi-sexual)
  • Family : Parenting : Abusive - Neglectful (Little interest in her boys)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three sons; one was stillborn)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Baby stillborn)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Gardening)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Neighborhood (Beautiful estates and gardens)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many love affairs)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (CEO)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Product Marketing (Food and drug chain)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Wrote gardening column)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection