Hermione Lee is a biographer and critic whose work includes biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald. She has also written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth and Willa Cather, and a collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts. She was awarded the Biographers’ Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she was made a CBE and in 2013, she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.