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Orlando: A Biography

Orlando: A Biography

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Virginia Woolf, Introduction and notes by Merry M. Pawlowski, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 9mm | 134g
  • Publication date: 5 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262390
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262395
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, notes
  • Sales rank: 3,948

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Virginia Woolf's Orlando 'The longest and most charming love letter in literature', playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf's close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Spanning three centuries, the novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Costantinople, awakes to find that he is a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women.

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