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

amybromley-deactivated20130422 asked:

Re: the quote about Proust - do we know whether Woolf read A la recherche in its entirety? I'm trying to work out if/how far his work influenced her.

It took her years but yes, she finally read it. It says so in the biography by Hermione Lee. Read this essay. It is very explanatory on what she thought of Proust and contains valuable information on how he indeed influenced her.

I lie back. It seems as if the whole world were flowing and curving — on the earth the trees, in the sky the clouds. I look up, through the trees, into the sky. The clouds lose tufts of whiteness as the breeze dishevels them. If that blue could stay for ever; if that hole could remain for ever; if this moment could stay for ever.
Virginia Woolf, The Waves