JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins. Written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by Leonard Woolf’s biographer Victoria Glendinning, and literary biographer Lyndall Gordon, with Anne Sebba.
Lyndall Gordon is an award-winning literary biographer of, among others, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her most recent book was Divided Lives.
Victoria Glendinning is an award-winning biographer, novelist and critic. She has written lives of Vita Sackville-West, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell and Anthony Trollope among others, as well as of Leonard Woolf. She lives in Dorset and is currently writing a novel about nuns.
Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer and presenter and former Reuters’ foreign correspondent. She has written eight acclaimed books including That Woman and Jennie Churchill and is Chair of the Society of Authors.
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