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Orlando Lesson Plan

Introduction to Orlando

Orlando is Virginia Woolf's sixth novel and was her most commercially and critically successful work during her lifetime. Published on October 11th, 1928, the book is a satirical biography inspired by Woolf's lover, Vita Sackville-West, as well as a humorous history of English literature. The novel details the life of Orlando, a young man born into nobility during the Elizabethan age. Around the age of 30, Orlando wakes up suddenly a woman, and continues to live as such for more than 300 years. Orlando is a poet and remains passionate about literature for his entire existence, so many major figures of British literature make an appearance in the narrative. Orlando is particularly...

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