VITA SACKVILLE-WEST, aristocratic English writer and gardener, born (d. 1962); The story of her marriage to Harold Nicolson ‒ she a Lesbian writer and he a Gay diplomat ‒ and of her passionate but disastrous affair with Violet Trefusis, is too beautifully told by their son Nigel Nicolson’s book Portrait of a Marriage to require any further comment here. “Men are cut out either to be lovers or husbands,” West said of her marriage to Nicolson. “He was the latter.”