Hermione Lee grew up in London and was educated
at Oxford. She began her academic career as a lecturer in Williamsburg,
Virginia (Instructor, 1970-1971) and at Liverpool University
(Lecturer, 1971-1977). She taught at the University of York
from 1977, where over twenty years she was Lecturer, Senior
Lecturer, Reader, and Professor of English Literature. From
1998-2008 she was the Goldsmiths' Chair of English Literature
and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford. In 2008
Lee was elected President of Wolfson College, University of
Lee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature,
a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's and
St Cross Colleges, Oxford. She has Honorary Doctorates from
Liverpool and York Universities. In 2003 she was made a Commander
of the British Empire for Services to Literature.
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