Saint Joan of Arc by V. Sackville-West

Saint Joan of Arc by V. Sackville-West. 1936 Doubleday Doran, stated first U.S. edition, 395 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." Saint Joan is an elegant and thorough biography.

Condition: Good-. no DJ. Corners of boards worn away, sunned.

"No contemporary portrait of Jeanne d'Arc is known to exist. Possibly none ever existed at all."

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