Fine Lines

House and Garden, March 11, 2005

Truly Remarkable and Varied Literary Archive
By Melissa Orowa

To read a manuscript draft is to be given an enviable glimpse into a writer’s process. With the recent sale of Vita Sackville-West’s literary archive-school essays, poems she wrote to Virginia Woolf, essays on gardening-to rare-book seller Glenn Horowitz, we are able to take an intimate tour of the literary life of the poet, novelist, garden writer, and creator of Sissinghurst, one of the most beloved gardens in England. “It is a rare opportunity for a full archive of someone of such mythological stature to be available for purchase,” Horowitz says. The handwritten and typescript manuscripts, priced from $2,500 to $45,000, reveal the varied interests of the prolific writer. As her son, Nigel Nicolson, writes in the catalog’s introduction, they paint “a self-portrait of a remarkable woman and [are] the product of an immenself versatile mind.”

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