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Vernon Lee

Vernon Lee (1856-1935), the pen name of Violet Paget, was a queer intellectual, feminist, and pacifist. She wrote groundbreaking treatises on art and aesthetics, essays on topics from history to travel to music, and supernatural fiction. Widely respected despite her contentious nature, Lee attracted a large circle of literary friends including H. G. Wells, Edith Wharton, and Oscar Wilde.