'It's what many people have been waiting for, a balanced and sensible study... This is a very good biography' Doris Lessing, Sunday Times
Hermione Lee is a biographer, critic, and teacher of literature. Her previous books include the internationally acclaimed biography, Virginia Woolf ('One of the most impressive biographies of the decade: moving, eloquent, powerful', Financial Times) and Edith Wharton ('A feat of exhaustive research... a glorious biography', Independent on Sunday), as well as books on Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather and Philip Roth. Her collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts, was published in 2005, and her Biography: A Very Short Introduction in 2009. In 2013 she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship. She lives in Oxford and Yorkshire.
An outstanding achievement...superb -- Selena Hastings * Sunday
It is a lasting, and even a great, book. These are not terms one gets to use often, or should ever use lightly -- Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
Lee's book is not only very good, but very necessary -- Penelope Fitzgerald
One of the most impressive biographies of the decade: moving, eloquent, powerful * Financial Times *