Violet to Vita


Author: Violet Trefusis

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: UOM:39015032305859

Category: Lesbians

Page: 303

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Violet to Vita


Author: Violet Trefusis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0749303204

Category: Authors, English

Page: 303

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Homosexuality in Italian Literature Society and Culture 1789 1919

Unfortunately Vita allowed (or could not prevent, we shall never know) Denys to follow her on the ... 78 Leaska and Phillips, eds., Violet to Vita, 172.


Author: Lorenzo Benadusi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443892247

Category: History

Page: 285

View: 620

Homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, and trans-genders represented new ideas, customs, and mentalities which shattered nineteenth-century Italy. At this time, Italy was a state in the making, with a growing population, a fading aristocracy, and new urban classes entering the scene. While still an extremely Catholic country, atheism and secularization slowly undermined the old, traditional morality, with literature and poetry endorsing innovative fashions coming from abroad. Laxity mixed with perversion, while new forms of sexuality mirrored the immense changes taking place in a society that, since time immemorial, was dominated by the Church and by a rigid class system. This was a revolution, parallel to the political movements that brought about the Unification of Italy in 1861, and was tormented, intense, and occasionally tragic. This collection of essays offers a rather comprehensive overview of this phenomenon. Personalities and places, ideas and novels, poetry and tragedy, law and customs, are the subject of ten essays, written by leading international experts in Italian history, the history of sexuality, literature and poetry. The Italian nineteenth century is a time of a number of rapid changes, visible and invisible revolutions, often given less attention than the unification process. This book makes a substantial contribution to Italian studies and modern European history.

Chic Thrills

18 M. Leaska and J. Phillips , Violet to Vita : The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville - West , 1910-21 , London , 1989 , p . 103 . p . 64 .


Author: Juliet Ash

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520083393

Category: Design

Page: 250

View: 745

Designed to be as internationally relevant as the fashion it discusses, Chic Thrills extends fashion theory beyond the interpretation of style, and shows how it relates to the economic realities and motivations of those who create the clothing we buy and wear. Among the issues the contributors address are: Feminism and the politics of fashion * The relationship of non-European cultures to Western fashion * Fashion and the negotiation of identity * Recent trends in fashion photography and the media representation of fashion * Industrial conditions, production constraints and the relationship of garment workers to the clothes they make * Playing with a different sex: fashion and the lesbian couple * Fascism and fashion: Paris haute couture under Nazi occupation * Fashion and the postmodern body.

Behind the Mask

Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion – a portrait of an ...


Author: Matthew Dennison

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250033956

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 954

A dazzling new biography of Vita Sackville-West, the 20th century aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse, and iconoclast who defied categorization. In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison's Behind the Mask traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but ‘open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind ‘the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion – a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life.

Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter

Sources and Bibliography Most of Violet Trefusis's papers are at the Beinecke ... Mitchell A. Leaska & John Phillips, (Methuen 1989) Pat Dansey to Vita, ...


Author: Diana Souhami

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781466883505

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Alice Keppel, the married lover of Queen Victoria's eldest son and great-grandmother to Camilla Parker-Bowles, was a key figure in Edwardian society. Hers was the acceptable face of adultery. Discretion was her hallmark. It was her art to be the king's mistress and yet to laud the Royal Family and the institution of marriage. Formidable and manipulative, her attentions to the king brought her wealth, power, and status. Her daughter Violet Trefusis had a long tempestuous affair with the author and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West, during which Vita left her husband and two sons to travel abroad with Violet. It was a liaison that threatened the fabric of Violet's social world, and her passion and recalcitrance in pursuit of it pitted her against her mother and society. From memoirs, diaries, and letters, Diana Souhami portrays this fascinating and intense mother/daughter relationship in Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter. Her story of these women, their lovers, and their lovers' mothers, highlights Edwardian - and contemporary - duplicity and double standards and goes to the heart of questions about sexual freedoms.

Women Theatre and Performance

52 Mitchell A. Leaska and John Phillips , Violet to Vita , The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville West , 1910–1921 ( London , Mandarin , 1991 ) ...


Author: Kate Dorney

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719057132

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 243

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This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years--topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the Russian serf theatre.

A Book Of Secrets Illegitimate Daughters Absent Fathers

... 1991 and 1993) Leaska, Mitchell A. and John Phillips (eds), Violet to Vita: The letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita SackvilleWest, 1910–21 (London, ...


Author: Michael Holroyd

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 9781784971434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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A BOOK OF SECRETS is a masterfully atmospheric treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries. Acclaimed biographer Michael Holroyd peers into dusty corners to bring a company of unknown women into the light;Alice Keppel was the mistress of both the second Lord Grimthorpe and the Prince of Wales;Eve Fairfax was Lord Grimthorpe's abandoned fiancée and sometime muse of Auguste Rodin;and the novelist Violet Trefusis was the lover of Vita Sackville-West. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery from Ravello to Paris, from Kirkstall Grange in Yorkshire to Vita Sackville-West's home at Knole, A Book of Secrets lucidly gives voice to fragile human connections.

Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life

Mitchell A. Leaska, The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, ed. Mitchell A. beaska andJohn Phillips (New York: Penguin, 1991), p. 49. I05.


Author: Marjorie Garber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136612848

Category: Art

Page: 624

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"Bisexuality is about three centuries overdue . . . nevertheless, here it is: a learned, witty study of how our curious culture has managed to get everything wrong about sex." -Gore Vidal

The Lesbian History Sourcebook

... March 1919 in M.A. Leaska and J. Phillips (eds), Violet to Vita. The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910–1921, 1989, London: Methuen ...


Author: Alison Oram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136157882

Category: History

Page: 320

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This groundbreaking critical anthology gathers together a wide range of primary source material on lesbian lives in the past. The material here is drawn from a diverse range of sources, including court records, newspaper reports, literary sources, writings on lesbianism from psychologists, doctors, anthropologists, as well as personal letters and journals. The sources are arranged into thematic chapters, covering topics such as archetypes of lesbians - cross-dressing women and romantic friends, the making of lesbianism in culture, professional discourse on lesbians, public perceptions of lesbianism and women's own experiences. This book will be a milestone in the publishing of lesbian history, and is set to provoke the impetus for fresh research.

Theatre and Celebrity in Britain 1660 2000

... 33 34 9 Mitchell A. Leaska and John Phillips, Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910–1921 (London: Mandarin, 1991).


Author: Mary Luckhurst

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230523845

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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Theatre has always been a site for selling outrage and sensation, a place where public reputations are made and destroyed in spectacular ways. This is the first book to investigate the construction and production of celebrity in the British theatre. These exciting essays explore aspects of fame, notoriety and transgression in a wide range of performers and playwrights including David Garrick, Oscar Wilde, Ellen Terry, Laurence Olivier and Sarah Kane. This pioneering volume examines the ingenious ways in which these stars have negotiated their own fame. The essays also analyze the complex relationships between discourses of celebrity and questions of gender, spectatorship and the operation of cultural markets.

Bloomsbury and France

Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910–1921, ed. Mitchell A. Leaska andJohn Phillips (New York: Viking, 1990.) ...


Author: Mary Ann Caws

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198027812

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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"Bloomsbury on the Mediterranean," is how Vanessa Bell described France in a letter to her sister, Virginia Woolf. Remarking on the vivifying effect of Cassis, Woolf herself said, "I will take my mind out of its iron cage and let it swim.... Complete heaven, I think it." Yet until now there has never been a book that focused on the profound influence of France on the Bloomsbury group. In Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends, Mary Ann Caws and Sarah Bird Wright reveal the crucial importance of the Bloomsbury group's frequent sojourns to France, the artists and writers they met there, and the liberating effect of the country itself. Drawing upon many previously unpublished letters, memoirs, and photographs, the book illuminates the artistic development of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, David Garnett, E. M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington, and others. The authors cover all aspects of the Bloomsbury experience in France, from the specific influence of French painting on the work of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell, to the heady atmosphere of the medieval Cistercian Abbaye de Pontigny, the celebrated meeting place of French intellectuals where Lytton Strachey, Julian Bell, and Charles Mauron mingled with writers and critics, to the relationships between the Bloomsbury group and Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Andre Gide, Jean Marchand, and many others. Caws and Wright argue that Bloomsbury would have been very different without France, that France was their anti-England, a culture in which their eccentricities and aesthetic experiments could flower. This remarkable study offers a rich new perspective on perhaps the most creative group of artists and friends in the 20th century.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

... Violet Keppel, Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita SackvilleWest, edited by Mitchell Alexander Leaska and John Phillips, ...


Author: Margaretta Jolly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1150

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Great Writers Great Loves

Trefusis, Violet. Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, 1910–21. Eds. Mitchell A. Leaska and John Phillips.


Author: Ann-Marie Priest

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1863951989

Category: Authors

Page: 298

View: 513

In Great Writers, Great Loves, Ann-Marie Priest delves deep into the love lives of eight twentieth-century writers and shows how, in the tumult and novelty of their intimate relationships, they radically transformed our ideas of romantic love. From D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf to Charmian Clift, Sylvia Plath and Frank O'Hara, these writers seized the freedom to experiment. In exploring new ideas of sexuality, marriage, same-sex relationships and passionate friendships, they forged a darker, richer, more complex mythology of romantic love than the one that preceded it. Bringing to life some of the most compelling personalities of the last century, their private passions and obsessions, Great Writers, Great Loves sheds new light on passion, intimacy and the way we think about love today.

Difference In View Women And Modernism

LEASKA, M.A. and PHILLIPS, J. (Eds)(1989) Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trufusis to Vita Sackville-West, London, Mandarin.


Author: Gabriele Griffin

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781135748951

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 208

This collection of essays challenges conceptions of "high" modernism, its preoccupation with style at the expense of issues such as race, class and gender, and its exclusive focus both on predominately male writers, poetry and prose fiction by highlighting the diversity of cultural production in the modernist period. This book focusses specifically on women's cultural production, covering a wide range of arts and genres including chapters on painting, theatre, and magazines. The book investigates how women usually constructed as "others", themselves construct others in their work in a period prominently concerned with the construction of self as an issue. This diversity offers a new format of reading modernism in a cross-disciplinary context.

Classics in Progress

M. A. Leaska and J. Phillips ( eds . ) . Violet to Vita : the Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita SackvilleWest , 1910-1921 ( London 1989 ) x .


Author: T. P. Wiseman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197263232

Category: History

Page: 451

View: 345

The study of Greco-Roman civilisation is as exciting and innovative today as it has ever been. This intriguing collection of essays by contemporary classicists reveals new discoveries, new interpretations and new ways of exploring the experiences of the ancient world. Through one and a half millennia of literature, politics, philosophy, law, religion and art, the classical world formed the origin of western culture and thought. This book emphasises the many ways in which it continues to engage with contemporary life. Offering a wide variety of authorial style, the chapters range in subject matter from contemporary poets' exploitation of Greek and Latin authors, via newly discovered literary texts and art works, to modern arguments about ancient democracy and slavery, and close readings of the great poets and philosophers of antiquity. This engaging book reflects the current rejuvenation of classical studies and will fascinate anyone with an interest in western history.

Country House Society

Mitchell A. Leaska and John Phillips ed., Violet to Vita. The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West (London, 1989), pp. 20–31 and 51.


Author: Pamela Horn

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445635385

Category: History

Page: 304

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Forget glossy period dramas, here is the real story of Britain's super-rich from the First World War to the end of the 'roaring' twenties.

Ladies of the Manor

Mitchell A. Leaska and John Phillips ed., Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West (1989), 25 and 40– 1. 9.


Author: Pamela Horn

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445619897

Category: History

Page: 256

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The real lives of women in Britain's country houses.

Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England 1550 1700

Louise DeSalvo & Mitchell A Leaska (London: Virago); Violet to Vita, The Letters of Violet ... Mitchell A. Leaska & John Phillips (London: Methuen).


Author: Mihoko Suzuki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000152524

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 538

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Until recently, Anne Clifford has been known primarily for her Knole Diary, edited by Vita Sackville-West, which recounted her steadfast resistance to the most authoritative figures of her culture, including James I, as she insisted on her right to inherit her father's title and lands. Lucy Hutchinson was known primarily as the biographer of her husband, a Puritan leader during the English Civil Wars. The essays collected here examine not only these texts but, in Clifford's case, her architectural restorations and both the Great Book which she had compiled and the Great Picture which she commissioned, in order to explore the identity she fashioned for herself as a property owner, matriarchal head of her family, patron and historian. In Hutchinson's case, recent scholars have turned their attention to her poetry, her translation of Lucretius and her biblical epic, Order and Disorder, to analyze her contributions to early modern scientific and political writing and to place her work in relation to Milton's Paradise Lost.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

Leaska, Mitchell A., and John Phillips, eds. Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West.Lon- don, 1989.


Author: David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195169218

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 2656

View: 500

A comprehensive reference presents over five hundred full essays on authors and a variety of topics, including censorship, genre, patronage, and dictionaries.