Sunday, December 2, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Vita Sackville-West (Courtesy: Thomas S. Woods)
Vita Sackville-West was a prolific writer in early 20th-Century Britain who is best remembered not for her prose, but for her not-so-private, private life.
While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant essayist, novelist and feminist, Virginia Woolf.
Sackville-West wasn't a member of the Bloomsbury Group, but she did associate
with the liberal writers and intellectuals who were, such as Woolf, E.M.
Forster, and the economist John Maynard Keynes.
Vita Sackville-West's life was one of inordinate privilege. She
oversaw the creation of one of England's most beautiful gardens at her
home at Sissinghurst. She frequently traveled to Europe in the company
of one or the other of her lovers. And, of course, she wrote.
But there was another aspect to Vita's life, one that throws a very different light on her interests and her character. Vita Sackville-West was a sitting magistrate for 15 years.
This part of Vita's story was almost wholly unknown until it was uncovered by Thomas S. Woods, himself a provincial court judge in Port Coquitlam, B.C.