Diaries and Letters 1930-39 by Harold Nicolson hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Collins, 1967, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th impression. [First Edition: October, 1966] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: Harold Nicolson kept a diary from the moment lie resigned from the Foreign Office at the end of 1929 until October 1964. This volume covers the period from the beginning of the diary until the outbreak of war. It is an incomparable record of those years, composed by a man who knew almost every major figure of his times and was endowed with the ability to describe what he heard, saw and did, and to communicate, what he felt. Harold Nicolson, as a writer and journalist, was by temperament an observer (as the tide of his famous weekly articles for the Spectator, Marginal Comment, indicates), but he was also an active Member of Parliament during the last four of these ten years.
Married to the poet and novelist V. Sackville-West, he lived in many worlds and enjoyed them all. He was gay, immensely sociable and profoundly interested in die way and politics of die world. He was a supporter in 1931 of Sir Oswald Mosleys New Party, and die unsuitable editor of its journal, Action. From 1935 onwards he was an influential opponent of appeasement. He wrote several books during these years, and with his wife was on terms of intimacy with Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury circle. At die same time he was a popular figure in die smarter world. He played a minor but surprising role in die Abdication crisis, edited the Londoners Diary, and established a close friendship with the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
This book is of historical importance for the picture it gives of literary, political and social London in die 19305. But it is also die portrait of a marriage between two very different and remarkable people. Harold Nicolson and V. Sackville-West, as their son points out in his Introduction, were on die face of it wholly un-suited to each other. While he was sociable, she was anti-social; while he was ambitious, urbane and gay, she was romantic, secret and undomesticated. Yet no one reading this volume, and the letters which they exchanged daily when they were apart, can doubt the depth of their relationship. When with each other Harold Nicolson wrote to her, we relax completely Yet our relations are also dynamic. We stimulate each other It is the perfect adjustment between these two elements, the static and the dynamic, which creates such harmony in our lives. The symbol of that harmony can best be found in the famous garden at Sissinghurst, which they created in close collaboration during the 19305, and which rightly has an important place in these pages.
This book has been edited by Harold Nicolsons second son, Nigel Nicolson whose Introduction illumines the background to his parents lives.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Yelo boards with Black Title Plate with Gilt titling to the Spine.
448 pages. Index. 9¼” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…