Virginia Woolf

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Random House, Apr 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 912 pages
11 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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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

An amazing, detailed, neutral account of the life of a remarkable woman in a remarkable time. It is, however, a dense read and took me much, much longer to finish than I ever imagined. I would ... Read full review

Review: Virginia Woolf

User Review  - Goodreads

An amazing, detailed, neutral account of the life of a remarkable woman in a remarkable time. It is, however, a dense read and took me much, much longer to finish than I ever imagined. I would ... 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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