Virginia Woolf

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Random House, Apr 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 912 pages
22 Reviews
Hermione Lee sees Virginia Woolf afresh, in her historical setting and as a vital figure for our times. Her book moves freely between a richly detailed life-story and new attempts to understand crucial questions - the impact of her childhood, the cause and nature of her madness and suicide, the truth about her marriage, her feelings for women, her prejudies and obsessions. This is a vivid, close-up portrait, returning to primary sources, and showing Woolf as occupying a distinct, even uneasy position with 'Bloomsbury'. It is a writer's life, illustrating how the concerns of her work arise and develop, and a political life, which establishes Woolf as a radically sceptical, subversive, courageous feminist. Incorporating newly discovered sources and illustrated with photos and drawings never used before, this biography is a revelation -informed, intelligent and moving.

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The prose is lucid and graceful, sympathetic yet exact. - Goodreads
I'm in awe of both Lee's and Woolf's writing abilities. - Goodreads
Revealing is her process of writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mardin Aminpour - Goodreads

Hermione Lee's biography of Virginia Woolf offers a discerning account of the life of an author whose unconventional lifestyle and writings evade simplistic categorizations. Lee's book, as if ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edward - Goodreads

This massive tome reinforces why I'm generally not too enthused about reading lengthy biographies. Lee has written nearly 800 pages about the life of Woolf, one that ended in suicide at the age of 59 ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Hermione Lee is the first woman Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. Her books include a major biography of Virginia Woolf; studies of Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather and Philip Roth; and a collection of essays on life-writing, "Virginia Woolf's Nose." Also a well-known critic, Lee served as the Chair of Judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2006. She lives in Oxford and Yorkshire.

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