By (author) Claire Tomalin
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Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin
Book DescriptionAt her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English but her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters; and if she kept any diaries, they did not survive her. Now acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin has filled the gaps in the record, creating a remarkably fresh and convincing portrait of the woman and the writer.While most Austen biographers have accepted the assertion of Jane's brother Henry that "My dear Sister's life was not a life of events," Tomalin shows that, on the contrary, Austen's brief life was fraught with upheaval. Tomalin provides detailed and absorbing accounts of Austen's ill-fated love for a young Irishman, her frequent travels and extended visits to London, her close friendship with a worldly cousin whose French husband met his death on the guillotine, her brothers' naval service in the Napoleonic wars and in the colonies, and thus shatters the myth of Jane Austen as a sheltered and homebound spinster whose knowledge of the world was limited to the view from a Hampshire village."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679766766
Paperback / softback
(203mm x 134mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Claire Tomalin
Samuel Pepys, Hardback (November 2015)
Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, this book centres on Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), the famous diarist and the greatest administrator of the Stuart Age.
Invisible Woman, Paperback (January 2014)
Tells the story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens, Paperback / softback (October 2012)
Award-winning author Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written about Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles a literary leviathan of 19th-century England: Charles Dickens.
Thomas Hardy, Paperback (June 2012)» View all books by Claire Tomalin
Paradox ruled Thomas Hardy's life. His birth was almost his death; he became one of the great Victorian novelists and reinvented himself as one of the twentieth-century's greatest poets; he was an unhappy husband and a desolate widower; he wrote bitter attacks on the English class system yet prized the friendship of aristocrats.
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Author Biography - Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin is the author of several prize-winning biographies--of Mary Wollstonecraft; Katherine Mansfield; Dickens's secret mistress, Nelly Ternan; and Dora Jordan, the actress who for twenty years was companion to the futureWilliam IV. Educated at Cambridge University, she served as literary editor of the "New Statesman" and "The Sunday Times." Claire Tomalin lives in London and is married to the playwright Michael Frayn."
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