by Virginia Woolf, Sandra M. Gilbert, Brenda Lyons
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Once described as ” the longest and most charming love letter in literature, Virginia Woolf, Orlando is edited by Brenda Lyon with an introduction and notes by Sandra MGilbert in Penguin ClassicsWritten by Virginia Woolf and her intimate friend, the charismatic author Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a player mocking the “biography” of a historical, immortal and timeless figure chamelon, who changes sex and identity on a whim.First masculine, then feminine, Orlando begins life as a young man of the nineteenth century, a noble, then gallops through three centuries to end up with a woman writer Virginia Woolf and her own time.An ironic commentary on the gender roles and fashions of history, Orlando is also, in Woolf’s own words, a light’ holiday writer’ who delights in ambiguity and whimsy.Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is considered one of the leading 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the center of “The Bloomsbury Group”.This informal collective of artists and writers, which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, had a powerful influence on the early 20th century, British culture.Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced these are now considered her most beautiful masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel Les Vagues (1931)She also maintained an astonishing exit from literary criticism, short fiction film, journalism and biography, including the playful and subversive Orlando (1928) and A Clean Room (1929) a passionate feminist essay.If you liked Orlando, you can also buy Woolf, Waves, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.I read this book and thought it was a hallucinogen, interactive biography of my own life and the future’ Tilda Swinton
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