Nursery Rhymes by V. Sackville-West

Nursery Rhymes by V. Sackville-West. Illustrated by Philippe Jullian. 1950 Michael Joseph, first trade edition, 70 pages. Rebecca Dinerstein Knight in The Paris Review starts a wonderful biographical essay on Sackville-West thusly: "How preposterous is it that Vita Sackville-West, the best-selling bisexual baroness who wrote over thirty-five books that made an ingenious mockery of twenties societal norms, should be remembered today merely as a smoocher of Virginia Woolf? The reductive canonization of her affair with Woolf has elbowed out a more luxurious, strange story: Vita loved several women with exceptional ardor; simultaneously adored her also-bisexual husband, Harold; ultimately came to prefer the company of flora over fauna of any gender; and committed herself to a life of prolific creation (written and planted) that redefined passion itself." In Nursery Rhymes she writes nostalgic essays about our favorite childhood songs. Jullian's decorations throughout lend the book a sweet and magical quality.

Condition: Jacket in good condition, open tear on front cover, open tear on spine (as if library sticker was cut away), price clipped, book in good+ condition, tanning to pages, some wear to boards, pages clean, square.

"For what is normal life of the nursery?"

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