Thursday, 15 April 2021

Take two: ‘Virginia Woolf,’ Hermione Lee

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A competent and entertaining account of the life of a celebrated author whose legacy I’m still coming to terms with, Lee’s study is evidence of a failing of the public sphere. To what extent are the facts of an author’s life important, compared to the beauties – or otherwise – of their writings? In Woolf’s case the legend speaks to us perhaps a bit too strongly, making it hard to judge the value of the novels themselves. So, worth reading. I won’t be selling this biography.

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