About 900 letters and papers relating to the editing and publication of Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trautmann (eds), The Letters of Virginia Woolf , 6 vols (London: Hogarth Press, 1975-80); 26 letters from Leonard Woolf to Vita Sackville-West; correspondence with the Hogarth Press about the publication of the Letters ; reviews of vol. 4; and letters about the transfer of Monks House, Rodmell, to the National Trust.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Nigel Nicolson (b. 1917) is the younger son of (Sir) Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), diplomatist and author, and Victoria Mary (Vita) Sackville-West (1892-1962), writer and gardener. He edited his father s diaries and letters, 1930-62 (3 vols, 1966-68) and in Portrait of a Marriage (1973) Nigel recounted the story of [their] union, unorthodox in some respects, which was cemented by a mutual understanding and deep affection probably unsurpassed by any literary partnership ( Dictionary of National Biography on Vita). One unorthodox respect was Vita s passionate relationships with other women, among them, in the late 1920s and 1930s, the novelist Virginia Woolf (1886-1941). That contributed to Nicolson preparing an edition of Virginia s letters, assisted by Joanne Trautmann, which was published by the Hogarth Press in six volumes in 1975-80.
In 1992 he presented to the University of Sussex some 900 letters relating to the editorial project, as it might be of interest to future researchers to show how Joanne Trautmann (Assistant Editor) and I set about our task, and because many of the letters are from people connected with Bloomsbury and knew the Woolfs intimately.
Nigel Nicolson arranged the correspondence alphabetically, both in the order of the files, and the order of the correspondents within the files.
Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research, within the controlled environment and restrictions of The Keep's Reading Rooms.
Presented by Nigel Nicolson, 1992
Prepared by John Farrant, July 2002.
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