Vernon Lee: Aesthetics, History, and the Victorian Female Intellectual
The subject of renewed interest among literary and cultural scholars, Vernon Lee wrote more than 40 books, in a broad range of genres, including fiction, history, aesthetics and travel literature. Early on, Lee established her reputation as a public critic whose unconventional viewpoints stood out among those of her contemporaries. To feminist and cultural critics, she is a fascinating model of the independent female intellectual, who, as Desmond MacCarthy once put it, provides a rare combination of intellectual curiosity and imaginative sensibility.
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