The Land

Author(s): Vita Sackville-West

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The poetic output of Vita Sackville-West is dominated by two long works: The Land and The Garden. The Land, published in 1926, is a didactic hymn to the Kentish countryside. Divided into four sections according to the four seasons, its structure and subject matter bring to mind Virgil's Georgics, but instead of conjuring up a bucolic idyll, The Land recounts 'the mild continuous epic of the soil', with robust descriptions of the selfless toil of ploughmen, craftsmen, beekeepers and shepherds, and sonorous evocations of the cultivated landscape and its wildlife. The Land won the Hawthornden Prize and sold over 100,000 copies, running to numerous reprints. This edition contains a personal and scholarly introduction to both The Land and The Garden by Vita's son Nigel Nicolson.


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  • : 9780711223592
  • : 6426
  • : 6426
  • : books

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  • : Vita Sackville-West
  • : Hardback