Orlando: A Biography

Virginia Woolf, Suzanne Raitt (Editor), Ian Blyth (Editor)

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Orlando, a novel loosely based on the life of Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf’s lover and friend, is one of Woolf’s most playful and tantalizing works. This edition provides readers with a fully collated and annotated text. A substantial introduction charts the birth of the novel in the romance between Woolf and Sackville-West, and the role it played in the evolution and eventual fading of that romance. Extensive explanatory notes reveal the extent to which the novel is embedded in Woolf’s knowledge of Sackville-West, her family history and her writings. Thorough annotation of every literary and historical allusion in the text establishes its significance as a parodic literary and social history of England, as well as a spoof of one of Woolf’s favorite forms, the biography. It also includes all variants from the extant proofs, as well as editions of the novel produced during Woolf’s lifetime.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages773
ISBN (Print)9780521878968
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


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