Dr Lyndall Gordon

Lyndall Gordon left South Africa for New York where she was a student at Columbia at the time Women’s Liberation took off there in 1970. Afterwards she moved to Oxford through the Rhodes Trust. She is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford and the Royal Society of Literature.

Virago has published her seven biographies and two memoirs, including The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot and Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds. In the U.S. she is published by Norton and Johns Hopkins Press; in China largely by Shanghai Literature & Art.

Awards: The British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize; Cheltenham Prize for Literature; Southern Arts Prize; James Tait Black prize for biography

Shortlisted: Duff Cooper Prize and Italy’s Comisso Prize for biography


Eliot Among the Women

Due from Virago (UK) and Norton (NY) in 2022

"He loves me - but not in the way usual to men less gifted..."


Tutoring Yeats and Eliot.