|Born||Victoria Mary Sackville-West|
9 March 1892
Knole House, Kent, England
|Died||2 June 1962 70) (aged|
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England
|Occupation||Novelist, poet, garden designer|
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.