Patricia Laurence is a writer, critic, biographer, professor in the City University of New York–and traveller. She has an interest in transnational modern literature and the East, and her most recent book is Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China (U of So Carolina Press, 2003). It was translated into Chinese in 2009. She is currently working on a biography of Elizabeth Bowen, an Anglo-Irish modernist writer. She is a member of PEN’s Freedom to Write Committee.