Virginia Woolf

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Random House, Apr 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 912 pages
16 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  - Peter Mcloughlin - Goodreads

Very enjoyable book about a very complex person. Virginia Woolf was involved with Bloomsbury and wrote in a very sensual style creating characters with rich inner worlds separated at times from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jargon Slunce - Goodreads

An excellent biography that is neither dry or in danger of creating a caricature, an absolute must read for fans of Virginia Woolf. Lee is an accomplished biographer and this book would probably be of ... 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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