Dame Hermione Lee talks to Patrick Gale about Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, and the writing of biographies

This month the fifth North Cornwall Book Festival welcomed Dame Hermione Lee, OCLW’s Advisory Director and Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the English Faculty at Oxford University. Hermione spoke to the festival’s artistic director, Patrick Gale, about Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald, and what they can teach us about the peculiar pressures on women novelists.

 

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Hermione also ran a workshop on writing biographies. You can read more about this on the North Cornwall Festival’s website.

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