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Virginia Woolf

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Publisher Comments:

"A majestic literary biography, a truly new, surprisingly fresh portrait. --

Newsday

A New York Times Book Review  Editors' Choice

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist

"A biography wholly worthy of the brilliant woman it chronicles. . . . It rediscovers Virginia Woolf afresh."  

--The Philadelphia Inquirer

            

While Virginia Woolf--one of our century's most brilliant and mercurial writers--has had no shortage of biographers, none has seemed as naturally suited to the task as Hermione Lee. Subscribing to Virginia Woolf's own belief in the fluidity and elusiveness of identity, Lee comes at her subject from a multitude of perspectives, producing a richly layered portrait of the writer and the woman that leaves all of her complexities and contradictions intact.  Such issues as sexual abuse, mental illness, and suicide are brought into balance with the immensity of her literary achievement, her heroic commitment to her work, her generosity and wit,  and her sanity and strength.

It is not often that biography offers the satisfactions of great fiction--but this is clearly what Hermione Lee has achieved. Accessible, intelligent, and deeply pleasurable to read, her Virginia Woolf will undoubtedly take its place as the standard biography for years to come.

"One of the most impressive biographies of the decade: moving, eloquent, powerful as both literary and social history."  

--Financial Times

"The most distinguished study of Woolf yet."  --The New Republic

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Synopsis:

While Virginia Woolf — one of our century's most brilliant and mercurial writers — has had no shortage of biographers, none has seemed as naturally suited to the task as Hermione Lee. Subscribing to Virginia Woolf's own belief in the fluidity and elusiveness of identity, Lee comes at her subject from a multitude of perspectives, producing a richly layered portrait of the writer and the woman that leaves all of her complexities and contradictions intact. Such issues as sexual abuse, mental illness, and suicide are brought into balance with the immensity of her literary achievement, her heroic commitment to her work, her generosity and wit, and her sanity and strength.<P>It is not often that biography offers the satisfactions of great fiction — but this is clearly what Hermione Lee has achieved. Accessible, intelligent, and deeply pleasurable to read, her Virginia Woolf will undoubtedly take its place as the standard biography for years to come.

About the Author

Hermione Lee holds the Goldsmiths'Chair in English Literature at New College, Oxford. She loves in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701368
Author:
Lee, Hermione
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Woolf, virginia, 1882-1941
Subject:
Novelists, English
Subject:
Women authors, English
Subject:
Novelists, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Women authors, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
87 ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 1.78 in 1.85 lb

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"Synopsis" by , While Virginia Woolf — one of our century's most brilliant and mercurial writers — has had no shortage of biographers, none has seemed as naturally suited to the task as Hermione Lee. Subscribing to Virginia Woolf's own belief in the fluidity and elusiveness of identity, Lee comes at her subject from a multitude of perspectives, producing a richly layered portrait of the writer and the woman that leaves all of her complexities and contradictions intact. Such issues as sexual abuse, mental illness, and suicide are brought into balance with the immensity of her literary achievement, her heroic commitment to her work, her generosity and wit, and her sanity and strength.<P>It is not often that biography offers the satisfactions of great fiction — but this is clearly what Hermione Lee has achieved. Accessible, intelligent, and deeply pleasurable to read, her Virginia Woolf will undoubtedly take its place as the standard biography for years to come.
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