Patricia Laurence is a literary critic, biographer, poet, and professor emeritus of English at the City University of New York. She has written widely on Virginia Woolf, transnational Modernism, Bloomsbury, contemporary novelists, modernist women writers, Republican era Chinese literature and biography. She currently reviews for Review of Contemporary Fiction and American Book Review. Her publications include The Reading of Silence: Virginia Woolf in the English Tradition (Stanford University Press, 1992), Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China (University of South Carolina Press, 2003), translated into Chinese (Shanghai Bookstore Press, 2008); Julian Bell, A Violent Pacifist (Cecil Woolf, 2005). Her biography, Elizabeth Bowen, A Literary Life, was published in the Palgrave Macmillan Literary Lives Series (December, 2019).