Vernon Lee

Dominique Gracia (University of Exeter)
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Under the pseudonym Vernon Lee, Violet Paget’s writings spanned the

fin de siècle

and Modernist periods with a broad scope of history, aesthetics, travel writing, and fiction. The bulk of Lee’s works are non-fiction, but she remains best known for her short fiction, and in particular the supernatural

Hauntings: Fantastic Stories

(1890). Lee wrote largely in English as a British expatriate from continental Europe. Born in France, at Château St Leonard in Boulogne on 14 October 1856 to Henry Ferguson Paget and Matilda Lee-Hamilton, she spent the majority of her life in Italy, where she is most associated with Villa il Palmerino in Florence, her long-time residence, and San Gervasio, where she died on 13 February 1935.

Devoted to her older half-brother, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Lee took

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Citation: Gracia, Dominique. "Vernon Lee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 April 2019 [, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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