Thursday, September 16, 2010

Orlando the play

I was enchanted by the production at CSC of Woolf's Orlando, about Vita Sackville-West, and wondered how I could point out to anyone interested my anthology of Vita Sackville-West's writings, published by Palgrave Macmillan? She was such a varied writer: gardening essays, historical essays, plays, novels (Seducer in Ecuador, written for the Hogarth Press, and which Woolf wished she had written herself), and -- least successful, in my view-- poetry. She was an incredibly colorful figure, androgynous, as Orlando indicates, and famously a lover of many women (at least 9, documented in this anthology) and men, including her gay husband, Harold Nicolson.
She is worth reading, as well as seeing represented by a stunning actress in this limited-run play.

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