Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Virginia Woolf’s exuberant ‘biography’ tells the story of the cross-dressing, sex-changing Orlando who begins life as a young noble in the sixteenth century and moves through numerous historical and geographical worlds to finish as a modern woman writer in the 1920s. The book is in part a happy tribute to the ‘life’ that her love for Vita Sackville-West had breathed into Virginia Woolf’s own existence; it is also Woolf’s light-hearted teasing-out of the assumptions that lie behind the normal conventions for writing about a fictional or historical life. In his novel, Virginia Woolf plays loose and fast: Orlando uncovers a literary and sexual revolution overnight.