Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West

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… At the beginning of 1924, the Woolfs moved to their new  house in Bloomsbury, where they felt less isolated from London society.

Virginia had already met author, poet and landscape gardener Vita Sackville-West, who was married to the bisexual diplomat and writer Harold Nichols. The friendship between the two women soon developed into a sexual and romantic relationship that lasted for a decade, and continued as a friendship until Virginia’s death.
In 1925 she published her innovative novel “Mrs. Dalloway”, whose stream-of-consciousness structure influenced later writers, while her love affair with  Vita Sackville-West inspired her most original work, “Orlando”, a book about the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history …

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