In their letters Woolf and Sackville-West imagined each other. As they took photographs of each other — but almost never appeared in one together — so, too, did they pose and frame each other. How they imagined each other affected how they saw themselves. Sackville-West wanted Woolf to respect her as a writer. Woolf struggled to see herself as a sexual being. Both asked the impossible. Imagining their lives spilled over onto their thinking about the construction and representation of gender, sexuality, and subjectivity.
Karyn Z. Sproles, Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West