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She’s a tiger-cat!

Miranda Seymour: Birds’ claw omelettes with Vernon Lee, 22 January 2004

Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography 
by Vineta Colby.
Virginia, 387 pp., £32.50, May 2003, 0 8139 2158 9
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... body of a woman, naked, and miserably disfigured with blows and sabre cuts’. It was wise of Vineta Colby to resist the temptation to explore the erotic implications of Alberic’s love for a snake, but she might usefully have connected the author’s sensitivity to the mutilated corpse of Oriana instead of concentrating on the lush and haunting ...

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