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Claire Tomalin

(b. 1933)


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(1933– )

biographer, born in London, educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her biographies, which have for the most part been notable for their scholarly and sensitive reclamation of women's lives from historical neglect or misunderstanding, include The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft (1974), Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life (1987), The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (1990), Mrs Jordan's Profession (1994, a study of the actress Mrs Jordan, inspired by her research into the theatrical profession during her work on Ellen Ternan), and Jane Austen: A Life (1997). Her recent works include Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self (2002, Whitbread Book of the Year) and Thomas Hardy: The Time‐Torn Man (2006).

Subjects: Literature.


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