Patricia Laurence is a writer, critic, and professor of English at the City University of New York. She has written widely on Virginia Woolf, Modernism, Bloomsbury, contemporary novelists, and contemporary Chinese literature. She currently reviews for Review of Contemporary Fiction, English Literature in Transition and American Book Review. Her publications include Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China (University of South Carolina Press, 2003), translated into Chinese (Shanghai Bookstore Press), 2008; and The Reading of Silence: Virginia Woolf in the English Tradition (Stanford University Press, 1992). She is currently working on a biography of Elizabeth Bowen.