Lee, Dame Hermione

Dame Hermione Lee

Elected: 1992

Year of birth: 1948

Hermione Lee is a biographer and critic and former President of Wolfson College Oxford. Her books include biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald (winner of the James Tait Black Prize) and Tom Stoppard. She has also written books on Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen and Philip Roth, and books on life-writing –  Biography: A Very Short Introduction (OUP), Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing (Chatto & Windus), and, co-authored, Lives of Houses. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.


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