1: The Biography Channel 2: Exemplary Lives 3: Warts and All 4: National Biography 5: Fallen Idols 6: Against Biography 7: Public Roles 8: Telling the Story
Hermoine Lee is a well-known literary biographer, author of critical studies of Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather, and Philip Roth. She has also written major biographies of Virginia Woolf (1996), and Edith Wharton (2007), a selection of which was published by Princeton University Press as Virginia Woolf's Nose (2005). From 1998 to 2008 she was the Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. She is now President of Wolfson College.
It would be hard to think of anyone better to provide a crisp
contribution to OUP's Very Short Introductions. * Kathryn Hughes,
The Guardian *
A sophisticated overview for the general reader. * Andrew Lycett, Literary Review *
Enjoyable book on the subject. * Henry Power, TLS *