Vita Sackville-West

Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author and garden designer.

Lady Nicolson

Vita Sackville-West in 1924
BornVictoria Mary Sackville-West
(1892-03-09)9 March 1892
Knole House, Kent, England
Died2 June 1962(1962-06-02) (aged 70)
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England
OccupationNovelist, poet, garden designer
(m. 1913)

She was a successful novelist, poet, and journalist, as well as a prolific letter writer and diarist. She published more than a dozen collections of poetry during her lifetime and 13 novels. She was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems. She was the inspiration for the protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend and lover, Virginia Woolf.

She had a longstanding column in The Observer (1946–1961) and is remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst created with her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson.