Long Life - Nigel NicolsonG. P. Putnam's Sons, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: “Author, traveller, politician, soldier, and publisher are but a few of the roles that Nigel Nicolson has played in life, and that he now describes in his autobiography.
The younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, Nigel Nicolson grew up in a world that combined Bloomsbury with Knole, his grandfather’s great house in Kent, Eton with Sissinghurst, Oxford with the uninhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides that he bought while still an undergraduate.
Nicolson was Virginia Woolf’s eleven-year-old companion while she was writing Orlando, her fantasy about his mother. He walked alone through the wildest parts of Greece; admired Mussolini, whom he saw in Rome, and Goebbels in Berlin; then changed his mind when war came, serving in the Grenadier Guards in the African and Italian campaigns.
After the war, he founded, together with George Weidenfeld, the publishing firm of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, which, despite a shaky start, survived and eventually flourished in the face of such controversies as the publication of Nabokov’s Lolita. At the same time, Nicolson became a member of Parliament, serving as Tory M. P. for Bournemouth for seven years.
Having left politics, he returned to the world of letters, writing full-time and editing his father’s famous diaries and the letters of Virginia Woolf. His best-known book, Portrait of a Marriage, describes his mother’s torrid love affair with Violet Trefusis and its aftermath. Nicolson has often visited the United States, to which he devotes a whole chapter of his book, entitled The Americanophil.
In Long Life, Nigel Nicolson unravels the many strings of his utterly unusual and diverse experiences, painting a vivid portrait of a truly fascinating life.”