Virginia Woolf's most unusual and fantastic creation, a funny, exuberant tale that examines the very nature of sexuality. “Come, come! I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.” Orlando: A Biography is a novel by Virginia Woolf. A high-spirited romp inspired by the tumultuous family history of the aristocratic poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West, Woolf's lover and close friend, it is arguably one of her most popular novels; Orlando is a history of English literature in satiric form. The book describes the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history. Considered a feminist classic, the book has been written about extensively by scholars of women's writing and gender and transgender studies.