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Tomalin, Claire

Works: 71 works in 624 publications in 7 languages and 20,380 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Drama  Manuscripts  Short stories, New Zealand 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Commentator, Author of introduction, Interviewer
Classifications: PR4830, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Claire Tomalin
Jane Austen : a life by Claire Tomalin( Book )

54 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At 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. - Back cover
The life and death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Tomalin( Book )

70 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. She published 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman'; travelled to revolutionary France and lived through the Terror and the destruction of the incipient French feminist movement; produced an illegitimate daughter; and married William Godwin before dying in childbed at the age of thirty-eight. Often embattled and bitterly disappointed, she never gave up her radical ideas or her belief that courage and honesty would triumph over convention." -- Back cover
Charles Dickens : a life by Claire Tomalin( Book )

33 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Charles Dickens died in 1870, The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of England's kings and heroes. Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England. His books had made them laugh, shown them the squalor and greed of English life, and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people. In his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds, had met presidents and princes, and had amassed a fortune. Yet like his heroes, Dickens trod a hard path to greatness. His young life was overturned when his profligate father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens was forced into harsh factory work--but this led to his remarkable eye for all that was absurd, tragic, and redemptive in London life. This biography gives full measure to Dickens's stature--his virtues both as a writer and as a human being--while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye.--From publisher description
Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin( Book )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 2,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the enigmatic nineteenth-century novelist and poet discusses his humble origins, rise through the London literary scene, and efforts to challenge the sexual and religious conventions of his time
Samuel Pepys : the unequalled self by Claire Tomalin( Book )

41 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the master diarist and chronicler of Restoration London draws on the famous diaries, as well as on other sources and period material, to furnish a candid chronicle of the life and times of Samuel Pepys
Katherine Mansfield : a secret life by Claire Tomalin( Book )

50 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the life of the gifted, beautiful, but strangely secretive writer provides a glimpse of the competitive London literary scene between 1908 and 1923 and of such literary figures as D.H. Lawrence and VIrginia Woolf
The invisible woman : the story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin( Book )

46 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of nineteenth-century actress Ellen Ternan, the woman who was the mistress of Charles Dickens, describing her secret relationship with the author
Shelley and his world by Claire Tomalin( Book )

25 editions published between 1980 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice, or, The fisher's cot : a tale by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents the story of a young boy who is stolen from his parents by a poor sailor's wife who has no children of her own. Mistreated by her husband, the boy runs away and is taken in by a kindly fisherman and his wife, who raise him. When the two of them die, the boy is cast off into the world at large and reduced to poverty, until his true father -- who has spent the intervening years searching for his son -- discovers him and takes him home
Mrs. Jordan's profession : the actress and the prince by Claire Tomalin( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: On the London stage ill the late eighteenth century, Dora Jordan was a star, probably the greatest comic actress the British theatre has ever known. Seductive and vivacious. as delightful off-stage as on, she was adored by the public and high society alike. Then, in 1791, she attracted the attentions of Prince William, the Duke of Clarence, third son of King George III. who eventually prevailed upon her to live with him. For more than twenty years. in spite of the attacks of caricaturists and satirists. she was a loyal and loving mate, bearing him ten children, helping to pay his debts out of her earnings as an actress, acting for all intents and purposes as his wife. Yet as Claire Tomalin shows in this brilliant rediscovery of Dora Jordan, the idyll had tragedy at its heart. Under pressure from the royal family and moved by his own ambitions, William abandoned her. For Dora, thrown out of her house, estranged from her children, it was a disaster; she was to die in poverty and loneliness in 1816. And while William evidently regretted the loss of the happiness he had known with her, he went on to marry a German princess and take the throne as King William IV in 1830. When his biography was published in 1884, Dora's name did not even appear in it. As in The Invisible Woman, her prizewinning biography of Dickens's mistress, Nelly Ternan, Claire Tomalin has here retrieved from obscurity a fascinating and important figure. She also offers us insight into an era. For Dora Jordan's tragedy, growing as it did out of the collision and interweaving of two worlds -- the rough and colorful world of the Georgian theatre where she was at home, and the glittering world of the court and the aristocracy, increasingly shadowed by the pall of convention that would define Victoria's reign -- is a vivid reflection of historical change. Yet the story told in Mrs Jordan's Profession is, ultimately, a personal one, a love story with a sad and brutal ending. Its essence lies in the gaiety and charm of Dora singing and joking onstage in Drury Lane, in the accounts of life with the children at 'dear Bushy, ' in the notes she wrote to William in the days of happiness and the helpless, mystified letters that followed her dismissal. It is impossible to read without being moved -- and enchanted
Charles Dickens a life by Claire Tomalin( Recording )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist
The winter wife by Claire Tomalin( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and Czech and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Several strangers : writing from three decades by Claire Tomalin( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Pepys the unequalled self by Claire Tomalin( Recording )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The seventeenth century saw a revolution in man's thought, as Isaac Newton and others began the scientific study of the universe around them. At the same time a shrewd young civil servant in London began to observe, with something of the same dispassionate curiosity, the strange object around which, for him, the universe revolved--himself. For ten years, beginning in 1660, Samuel Pepys secretly kept one of the most remarkable records ever made of a human life. With astounding candor and perceptiveness he described his ambitions and peculations, his professional successes and failures, his pettinesses and meannesses, his tenderness toward his wife and the irritations and jealousies she provoked, his extramarital longings and fumblings, his coolly critical attitude toward the king he served and his watchful adaptation to the corrupt and treacherous life of the court. Pepys's diary is a magnificent creation. But there is more to Samuel Pepys than his diary, as Claire Tomalin makes clear in this ... biography. Buttressing it with less familiar sources and other contemporary material, she is able to illuminate his entire life--as a poor London tailor's son, as a schoolboy rejoicing at the execution of Charles I, as an aspiring clerk with good connections who transforms himself into a royalist, escorting Charles II to England for the Restoration. Then there is the bureaucrat heroically working against the odds to create a modern navy, finding his way through the dangerous years of political and religious conflict (even, at one point, being charged with treason and jailed), peacefully retiring at last with his books and his music and his friends.-Dust jacket
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emotions and thoughts of a woman, on the day she meets the man she loved, but did not marry
The invisible woman( Visual )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and German and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engeland, 1883. De getrouwde Charles Dickens krijgt een relatie met actrice Nelly, die veroordeeld is tot een onzichtbaar bestaan
Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin( Recording )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world-wide reputation. He was a man of paradoxes: a believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower. From the poverty of rural Dorset to his resting place in Westminster Abbey, leading biographer Claire Tomalin covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet
Parents & children( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The short stories of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English. Her language is as transparent as clean glass, yet hovers on the edge of poetry. Although Katherine Mansfield was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf, her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English. Her language is as transparent as clean glass, yet hovers on the edge of poetry. Her characters are passionate men and women swaddled in English reserve -- and sometimes briefly breaking through. And her genius is to pinpoint those unacknowledged and almost imperceptible moments in which those people's relationships -- with one another and themselves -- change forever
The complete poetical works and letters of John Keats by John Keats( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the course of his short life, John Keats (1795-1821) honed a raw talent into a brilliant poetic maturity. By the end of his brief career, he had written poems of such beauty, imagination and generosity of spirit, that he had - unwittingly - fulfilled his wish that he should 'be among the English poets after my death'. This new, wide-ranging selection of Keats' poetry has been selected by Claire Tomalin
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Charles Dickens : a life
Alternative Names
Claire Tomalin angol r s jsgr

Claire Tomalin britische Schriftstellerin

Claire Tomalin Brits journalist

Claire Tomalin crivaine britannique

Claire Tomalin English biographer and journalist

Claire Tomalin periodista, escritora del Reino Unido

Delavenay, Claire 1933-

Tomalin, Claire 1933-

トマリン, クレア

English (474)

Spanish (16)

German (4)

French (4)

Polish (2)

Dutch (1)

Czech (1)

The life and death of Mary WollstonecraftCharles Dickens : a lifeThomas HardySamuel Pepys : the unequalled selfKatherine Mansfield : a secret lifeThe invisible woman : the story of Nelly Ternan and Charles DickensShelley and his worldMaurice, or, The fisher's cot : a tale