Dame Hermione Lee

Wolfson College President 2008-2017
Faculty of English Language & Literature

College position:

Professor Dame Hermione Lee is a literary biographer and was President of Wolfson College (2008-2017). She is interested in nineteenth and twentieth/twenty-first century American, British and Anglo-Irish writers. She has written biographies of Penelope Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather, and critical books on Elizabeth Bowen, Woolf, and Philip Roth.

Dame Hermione is also interested in contemporary fiction, and in 2006 she was the Chair of the ManBooker Prize. She has written essays and books on "life-writing" (a genre that connects biography, autobiography, memoirs, letters, diaries) and she teaches courses on Life-Writing at a graduate level in the English Faculty. 

Dame Hermione is the Advisory Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College. She has taught at the Universities of Liverpool and York and was Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford from 1998-2008 before becoming President of Wolfson College. 

Dame Hermione is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation.