Articles, Essays, Editions & Reviews


NOTE: The articles, essays, editions, and reviews listed below represent a selection of Hermione Lee's publications.

- 2022 -

"Poet of the Dispossessed," New York Review of Books, 6 OCtober 2022 [Review of Endless Flight: The Life of Joseph Roth by Keiron Pim].

"Regarding the Solace of Others," New York Review of Books, 10 February 2022 [Review of On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times by Michael Ignatieff].

- 2021 -

[Review] - "The Wanderer," New York Review of Books, 25 February 2021 [Review of Thinking Again by Jan Morris].

- 2020 -

[Review] - "An Undisappearing Act," New York Review of Books, 3 December 2020 [Review of The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith: And Other Lesser Lives by Diane Johnson].

[Review] - "Sympathy for the Devil," New York Review of Books, 22 October 2020 [Review of Jack by Marilynne Robinson].

[Review] - "Not Even Past," New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020 [Review of A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry].

- 2018 -

[Review] - "The Dark Side ," New York Review of Books, 19 July 2018 [Review of Last Stories by William Trevor].

[Review] - "The Mists of Time," New York Review of Books, 24 May 2018 [Review of Warlight by Michael Ondaatje].

- 2017 -

[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.

"Remembering Bob Silvers," New York Review of Books, 21 March 2017 [Remembrance of Robert Silvers].

- 2016 -

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

[Review] - 'A Poet Unlike Any Other', New York Review of Books, 9 June 2016. [Review of All the Poems by Stevie Smith.]

[Review] - 'The Triumph of Jenny Diski', New York Review of Books, 29 September 2016. [Review of In Gratitude by Jenny Diski.]

- 2015 -

'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.

[Review] - 'Alice Munro's Magic', New York Review of Books, 5 February 2015. [Review of Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995–2014 by Alice Munro.]

- 2014 -

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

'He Gave "the Mundane Its Beautiful Due".' New York Review of Books 8 May 2014 [On John Updike].

- 2013 -

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

[Review] - 'Willa Cather: A Hidden Voice.' New York Review of Books 11 July 2013. [Review of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout].

[Review] - 'Finding a Very Secret Self .' New York Review of Books 10 January 2013. [Review of New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families and The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín].

- 2012 -

'Trevor and Reading'. William Trevor: A Collection of Critical Essays. Eds. Paul Delaney and Michael Parker. Manchester University Press, 2012.

[Review] - 'Portrait of a Novel.' The Guardian, 7 September 2012 [Rev. of Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece by Michael Gorra].

'The Woman Reader by Belinda Jack -- review.' The Guardian, 5 July 2012.

- 2011 -

'In Separate Directions: Ford Madox Ford and French Networks'. Ford Madox Ford: France and Provence. Eds. Domnique Lemarchal and Claire Davison-Pégon. International Ford Madox Ford Studies 10, Rodopi, 2011, pp 43-56.

[Review] - 'By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham -- review.' The Guardian, 15 January 2011.

- 2010 -

[New Introduction] - The Novels of Virginia Woolf, Routledge Revivals, 2010. [First published in 1977, this edition contains a new introduction by the author.]

[New Introduction] - Philip Roth, Routledge Revivals, 2010. [First published in 1982, this edition contains a new introduction by the author.]

'From the Margins.' Guardian, 3 April 2010 [On Penelope Fitzgerald].

[Review] - 'Review: The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín.' The Guardian, 9 October 2010.

- 2009 -

[Review] - 'Review.' The Guardian, 19 December 2009 [Rev. of Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith and Concerning E. M. Forster by Frank Kermode].

[Review] - 'Wangling.' London Review of Books 31.3 (12 February 2009) [Rev. of Collected Stories and Other Writings by Katherine Anne Porter, edited by Darlene Harbour Unrue].

- 2008 -

[Review] - 'Thinking about the World.' The Guardian, 23 August 2008 [Rev. of The Pages by Murray Bail].

[Review] - 'The Dysfunctional Jameses.' The New York Times, 6 July 2008 [Rev. of House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family by Paul Fisher].

[Review] - 'The Wounded Heart of Europe.' The Guardian, 28 June 2008 [Rev. of Disguise by Hugo Hamilton].

[Review] - 'Pawed, used, loved and lonely.' The Guardian, 1 March 2008 [Rev. of Taking Pictures by Anne Enright].

- 2007 -

'An American in Paris.' Guardian Review, 20 January 2007 [On Wharton's admiration for 'French civilisation' and her shame at US foreign policy].

[Review] - 'Storms Over the Novel.' New York Review of Books 54.8 (10 May 2007).

- 2005 -

'Salman Rushdie's Fathers' [Ch 8]. The Contemporary British Novel. Eds J. Acheson and S. Ross. Edinburgh U P, 2005.

Hermione Lee
Photo by Jeremy Read, 2020

Hermione Lee writes on authors, literature, life-writing,
and is a frequent contributor to the The New York Review of Books.

- 2003 -

'Writing Victorian Lives and Victorian Life-Writing: Gosse's "Father and Son" Revisited'. Journal of Victorian Culture 8.1 (Spring 2003) [Collected in Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing].

- 2002 -

[Editor, with David Constantine and Bernard O'Donoghue] - Oxford Poets 2002: An Anthology. Carcanet, 2002.

- 2001 -

'Re-reading Elizabeth Bowen'. Re-Constructing the Book: Literary Texts in Transmission. Ed. Maureen Bell et al. Ashgate, 2001: 148-158.

[Editor, with David Constantine and Bernard O'Donoghue] - Oxford Poets 2001: An Anthology. Carcanet, 2001

- 2000 -

[Introduction]. Edith Wharton's Library. Ed. George Ramsden. 2000.

'Critical Opinion: Examined Lives'. Essays in Criticism. October 2000.

"Reading in Bed" Oxford U P, 2000 [An Inaugural Lecture delivered before the University of Oxford; Collected in Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing].

'The Essays of Virginia Woolf'. The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. Ed. Sue Roe. Cambridge U P, 2000.

[Editor, with David Constantine and Bernard O'Donoghue] - Oxford Poets 2000: An Anthology. Carcanet, 2000.

[Preface]. The Journals of Beatrice Webb. Virago, 2000.

- 1990-1999 -

[Introduction] - Eudora Welty. Collected Stories. Virago, 1998.

'Crimes of Criticism: Virginia Woolf and Literary Journalism'. Grub Street and the Ivory Tower: Essays on the Relation between Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship. Eds. Jeremy Treglown and Bridget Bennett. Oxford U P, 1998.

'Am I Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'. Writing the Lives of Writers. Eds. Warwick Gould and Tom Staley. Macmillan, 1998.

'A Very English Genius: Penelope Fitzgerald Talks to Hermione Lee'. British Council New Writing. Eds. Carmen Callil and Craig Raine. British Council, 1997.

'Biomythographers: Rewriting the Lives of Virginia Woolf'. Essays in Criticism (April 1996) [The 1996 Bateson Lecture].

'Free Exploratory Space'. Teaching Literature. Ed. Judy Kravis. Cork University Press, 1995.

[Contributor]. The Oxford Guide to Twentieth Century Literature in English. Oxford University Press, 1995. {Hermione Lee authored 12 entries, including the entry on Virginia Woolf and her major works.]

[Editor] - The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women. Phoenix Giants; Weidenfeld, 1995. [Revision of The Secret Self and The Secret Self/2 with a new introduction].

'Virginia Woolf and Offence'. The Art of Literary Biography. Ed. John Batchelor. Oxford U P, 1994.

'Cather's Bridge: Anglo-American Crossings in Willa Cather'. Forked Tongues: Comparative Studies in 20th Century British and American Literature. Eds. A.Stead and A. Massa. Longmans, 1994.

' "Room of One's Own, or a Bloody Chamber?" Angela Carter and Political Correctness'. Flesh and the Mirror: Essays on the Art of Angela Carter. Ed. Lorna Sage. Virago, 1994.

'The Pleasure of Reading'. The Pleasure of Reading. Ed. Antonia Fraser. Bloomsbury, 1992. 201-208; Reprinted as 'Large Complicated Books about Relationships'. Brick: a journal of reviews. Eds. Linda Spalding and Michael Ondaatje. No 45 (Winter 1993): 19-22.

'Life is and': Philip Roth in 1990'. Conversations with Philip Roth. Ed. George J. Searles. University Press of Mississippi, 1992. 259-267.

'Women and Fiction: The Manuscript Versions of A Room of One's Own'. The Charleston Magazine (Winter-Spring 1992).

[Editor] - The Secret Self/2: Short Stories by Women. J.M.Dent, 1987. 380 pp. Revised edition for Everyman's Library, 1991 [selected and introduced].

[Editor] - The Secret Self: Short Stories by Women. J.M.Dent, 1987. 382 pp. Revised edition for Everyman's Library, 1991 [selected and introduced].

'The Road of Destiny'. from Willa Cather: Double Lives, in 'Antonia': (Major Literary Characters). Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, 1991. 161-173.

'Talking to Writers: Nadine Gordimer'. Conversations with Nadine Gordimer. Eds. Nancy Topping Bazin and Marilyn Dallman Seymour. University Press of Mississippi, 1990. 239-247.

'Power: Women and the Word'. The State of the Language. Eds. C. Ricks and L. Michaels. University of California Press, 1990. 110-118.

- Before 1990 -

[Interview with Eudora Welty]. Writing Lives: Conversations between Women Writers. Ed. Mary Chamberlain. Virago, 1988; Reprinted in Eudora Welty. Ed. C.A.Johnston. Twayne Studies in Short Fiction, 1995.

[Editor] - Rudyard Kipling. Traffics and Discoveries. Penguin Books, 1987. 344 pp.

[Editor] - Anthony Trollope. The Duke's Children. Oxford University Press, 1983, 1985. 667 pp.

'Turning Points: An Approach to Fiction'. Proceedings of the English Association North. Ed. Vincent Newey. Vol. I. Liverpool University Press, 1985.

'Philip Roth: The Art of Fiction'. Paris Review (Fall 1984); Reprinted in Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others. Penguin Books, 1986; Writers at Work. Ed. George Plimpton. Viking, 1986; and Conversations with Philip Roth. Ed. George J. Searles. University of Mississippi, 1992 [Interview].

[Editor] - Stevie Smith: A Selection. Faber, 1983. 224 pp.

'A Burning Glass: Reflection in Virginia Woolf'. Virginia Woolf: A Centenary Perspective. Ed. Eric Warner. Macmillan, 1984 [Paper given at the Virginia Woolf Centenary Conference, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, 1982].

'Emblems and Enigmas in Jane Eyre'. English (Autumn 1981).

[Introduction] - Flannery O'Connor. Everything that Rises Must Converge. Faber, 1980, 1985.

[Introduction] - Antonia White. Strangers. Virago, 1980.

[Introduction] - Edith Olivier. The Love Child. Virago, 1980.

'"Taste" and "Tenderness" as Moral Values in Jane Austen'. Literature of the Romantic Period 1750-1850. Eds. R.T. Davies and B.G. Beatty. Liverpool University Press, 1976.

'The Placing of Loss: Elizabeth Bowen's To the North'. Essays in Criticism XXVIII.2 (April 1978): 129-142.