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She had forgotten him, simply another of the many faces that passed before her during her years with Henry. Above all I adored the refreshing depiction of an elderly lady who delights in her new found independence. Your children, your husband, your splendour, were nothing but obstacles that kept you from yourself.

It is telling that it is only in these last days that Lady Slane learns that Genoux was a farm girl with seven siblings, who had been sent from Paris by an agent, to never seen them again. This is an investigation of how an intelligent and artistic woman was willingly subsumed into the straight-jacket of political wife, written by a woman of the same class but half her age who married a diplomat/politician and wasn’t (subsumed), in fact who married ‘badly’ so she wouldn’t be. his diminishing honours trailing away behind him like the tail of a comet – he had drooped in his chair after dinner, and the accumulation of ninety years had receded abruptly into history. Insisting on your right to enjoy a passive, relaxed and unheralded life may take courage, in the face of criticism and rejection.I think Sackville-West was saying: If I wrote it well enough then you will see my feminist intention.

In 1922 Sackville-West began a long relationship with Virginia Woolf, documented by VSW’s son Nigel Nicholson in Portrait of a Marriage (1973), during which time it is felt both women did their best work, surrounded by the artists and thinkers of the Bloomsbury Set.This is an extraordinary novel about a woman in her 80s in the early 20th century who has been recently widowed. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs. All Passion Spent echoes some of Sackville-West's primary concerns: [2] people's place in society, society's constrictions on people, and women's control of their lives. I love how he reflects that the beauty in her face has changed, developing into something richer and deeper than youthful beauty. This book would have

All Passion Spent, the title of which is taken from the final three words of John Milton’s Samson Agonistes, first appeared in 1931 under the imprint of the Hogarth Press, an independent publishing house run by Leonard Woolf and his wife Virginia.For nearly 70 years she has shut down her mind, resisted all thoughts of her early ambition of being a painter, stood by her ambitious husband, and has been the calm if occasionally vague centre of a large and pushy family most of whom she finds she mildly dislikes. Last year in Auckland, we were lucky to have tickets for a stage performance of Orlando (see https://anzlitlovers.

Your description of Lady Slane’s ‘quiet determination’ is very apt, and it’s a delight to observe her blossoming and liberation.Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn.

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