Lives of Houses


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Princeton University Press
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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Kennedy, a writer and broadcaster, is Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and Research Fellow in Music and English at Wolfson College, both at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Dweller in Shadows: A Life of Ivor Gurney (Princeton). Hermione Lee is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford. Her many books include biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Tom Stoppard


Lives of Houses is an enjoyable and at times outstanding gathering of idiosyncratic voices.---Kevin Jackson, Literary Review
A rich and eclectic collection of essays about the role houses play in people's lives and our fascination with the homes of our creative heroes.---PD Smith, The Guardian
[A] thoughtful, meticulously edited collection of essays.---Lara Feigel, The Spectator
A series of interesting essays about the houses of famous writers, composers and politicians.---Martin Chilton, The Independent
Lives of Houses is a delight for bibliophiles.---David Luhrssen,
The joy of the book lies in the sheer variety of its subjects' domestic routines. . . . Life-writing of this kind has the power to animate its subjects in ways that Sunday afternoon tours cannot.---Helen Barrett, Financial Times
Accessible, though with an obvious intellectual bent, Lives of Houses does not try to really answer the question of what houses mean to the people who live in them, but rather, calls readers to consider more broadly why these structures have such a hold--both physically and in how they frame the concept of home.---Michelle Anya Anjirbag, Shelf Awareness