Dame Hermione Lee

b. 1948

Dame Hermione Lee was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992.

Hermione Lee is a biographer, critic and teacher, and former President of Wolfson College Oxford. Her books include biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald (which won the James Tait Black Prize and was one of the New York Times’s 10 best books of 2014), books on Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen and Philip Roth, and books on life-writing –  Biography: A Very Short Introduction (OUP) and Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing (Chatto & Windus). She is a Fellow of the British Academy.


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Dalloway Day


On Wednesday 20 June 2018 we will dedicate a whole day to the celebration of one of the 20th Century’s most important novels. Set on ‘a Wednesday in mid-June’, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (like James Joyce’s Ulysses) takes place over the course of a …

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Life class

Biograpahers Patrick French, Richard Holmes, Hermione Lee, Ruth Scurr and Jenny Uglow celebrate Michael Holroyd's 80th birthday.

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The Road Not Taken: Edith Wharton’s English Life

Hermione Lee discusses her biography of Edith Wharton.

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Sarah Losh: architect, antiquarian and visionary

Jenny Uglow and  Hermione Lee on Sarah Losh of Wreay.

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On Penelope Fitzgerald

Susannah Clapp, Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee and Penelope Lively discuss Penelope Fitzgerald

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