Professor Dame Hermione Lee


Hermione Lee was President of Wolfson College from 2008 to 2017 and is Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the English Faculty at Oxford University. She is a biographer and critic whose work includes biographies of Virginia Woolf (1996), Edith Wharton (2006) and Penelope Fitzgerald (2013, winner of the 2014 James Tait Black Prize for Biography and one of the New York Times best 10 books of 2014). She has also written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth and Willa Cather, an OUP Very Short Introduction to Biography, and a collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts. She was awarded the Biographers’ Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018. From 1998 to 2008 she was the Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she was made a CBE and in 2013 she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.

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Professor Dame Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee Interviews Tom Stoppard


Recent Publications

Lives of Houses edited by Hermione Lee and Kate Kennedy - Princeton University Press

Lives of Houses

Edited by Hermione Lee and Kate Kennedy
Available from Princeton University Press, 2020
A group of notable writers—including UK poet laureate Simon Armitage, Julian Barnes, Margaret MacMillan, and Jenny Uglow—celebrate our fascination with the houses of famous literary figures, artists, composers, and politicians of the past.
A Love Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope from Writers, Thinkers and Artists

A Love Letter to Europe

With a Contribution by Hermione Lee
Coronet, 2019

Additional Publications

[Introduction] - The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen Selected Edition, edited by Christopher Ricks and Frances Whistler, Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Breaking Faith: Elizabeth Bowen and disloyalties”, in Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Past for Roy Foster, Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Dangerous Letters: A Biographer’s Perspective”, in Letter Writing Among Poets, edited by Jonathan Ellis, Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

“ 'From Memory': Literary Encounters and Life-Writing", in On Life-Writing, edited by Zachary Leader, Oxford University Press, 2015.

[Foreword] - Isaiah Berlin: Personal Impressions, edited by Henry Hardy, Princeton University Press, 2014.

[Introduction] - Alain-Fournier, The Lost Domain, Oxford University Press, 2013.