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Biographer to discuss writing and reading life stories, Sept. 27-29

Biographer Hermione Lee of Oxford University will make three presentations Sept. 27-29 as part of the University's Public Lectures Series .

Lee, a fellow of New College, Oxford, and the first woman Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford, will discuss writing and reading life stories. Her lectures will be:

  • "Shelley's Heart and Pepys' Lobsters" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in McCosh 50;
  • "Jane Austen Faints" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in McCosh 10; and
  • "Virginia Woolf's Nose" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in McCosh 50.

Lee will focus on the relation of biography to fiction and history, the exploration of writers' lives in connection with their works; and the new and changing ways in which biographies, memoirs and autobiographies can be discussed.

Lee's own critical and biographical studies include Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth, Willa Cather and Virginia Woolf. During this academic year, she is a visiting fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library, where she is working on a new biography of Edith Wharton.

Lee's talks are designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lectures and will be available for online viewing a week after the event.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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