Orlando (Annotated): A Biography (Paperback)

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My absolute favorite when it comes to Virigina Woolf. Partially a love letter to Vita Sackville-West, the "biography" spans 300 years, and Orlando switches genders halfway through. When his story begins, Orlando is a handsome poet. Love, adventure, musings on the English landscape - until one day she falls asleep for many years, and wakes up as a woman. Now keen to how the world responds differently to her, Orlando the woman. Still a poet, an adventurer, a lover. Gorgeous poetic prose, a lovely and less serious side of V. Woolf. --Becca

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Begun as a "joke," Orlando is Virginia Woolf's fantastical biography of a poet who first appears as a sixteen-year-old boy at the court of Elizabeth I, and is left at the novel's end a married woman in the year 1928. Part love letter to Vita Sackville-West, part exploration of the art of biography, Orlando is one of Woolf's most popular and entertaining works. This new annotated edition will deepen readers' understanding of Woolf's brilliant creation.

Annotated and with an introduction by Maria DiBattista

About the Author

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156031516
ISBN-10: 0156031515
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2006
Pages: 384
Language: English