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1. About the author
Victoria Mary Sackville- West (1892-1962) was an English poet and novelist, a member of the Bloomsbury group【布鲁姆伯利(英国伦敦中北部的居住区, 因在20世纪初期与知识界的人物, 包括弗吉尼亚·沃尔夫、E.M. 福斯特及约翰·梅纳德·凯恩斯的关系而闻名于世) 】, an informal group of literary and artistic friends, a close friend of Virginia Woolf.
Her poems include The Land (1926), Solitude (1938), The Garden (1946), All Passion Spent (1931). Her poetry is traditional in form, reminiscent （怀旧的，使人想起的） of the work of the English nature poets of the age of romanticism.
A prolific（多产的） writer, Victoria Sackville-West is the author of 15 novels, as well as biographies and travel books.
2. About the novel No Signposts in the Sea
This novel is writen in the form of a journal kept by a man called 50, an influential political columnist and bachelor. He learns that he has a limited time to live--- a few days or weeks, a month or two at most. How shall he spend them? In this quandary（dilemma ）, he learns that a widow who he has lately met at random （unplanned/unexpected） social occasions has booked passage on a cruise(漫游) to the Far East. Her qualities, her intelligence and warmth stiffened （strengthened ） by a deep reserve（矜持coolness of manner or emotional retraint）, have struck him as uncommon; he decided to be abroad. His contact with gives Carr an unfamiliar peace and a profound change in perspective ( particular evaluation of sth. , especially from one person’s point of view). Power, prestige(威望、威信), practicality（state of being practical）--- the former watchwords of his career--- lose their ring （echo ）. Illusion, which he had adhered（追随）, and the natural world, uninvaded by civilization, begin to seem transcendent （超然的、超验的independent of the world or beyond the limits of experience ）. And a arouses his all-too-human ignominy(羞辱、屈辱disgrace ，dishonor) of jealousy,