Virginia Woolf

Hermione Lee
New York: Knopf, 1997.

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee book cover Hermione Lee’s biography of Virginia Woolf is based upon Woolf’s publications and close readings of all the drafts of her writings, in addition to letters, diaries, and interviews with family and friends. The narrative is arranged in thematic chapters and is peppered with quotations from Woolf’s manuscripts, including many of the drafts in the Frances Hooper Collection at Smith College. The realities of the body, mind, and psyche are all given equal weight in this comprehensive assessment of Woolf’s life. Lee holds the Goldsmiths’ Chair of English Literature at Oxford. She was given full access to Virginia Woolf’s manuscripts by Quentin Bell who inherited his aunt’s copyrights when Leonard Woolf died.

Hermione Lee recently wrote an introduction to On Being Ill, a new edition of Virginia Woolf's essay published in 2002 by Jan Freeman at Paris Press in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

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