Hermione Lee is a well-known biographer, having written major Lives of Virginia Woolf (1996) and Edith Wharton (2007). She has also written critical studies of Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather, and Philip Roth. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Royal Society for Literature, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she was made a CBE for services to literature, and in 2008 she was elected President of Wolfson College, Oxford. She has recently written Biography: A Very Short Introduction, and below is another wonderful video by our friends Meet the Author in which Professor Lee explains the motivation behind writing this book.