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  • Thomas Hardyby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 17.00

    "A masterful portrait" ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover's shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy... more...

  • Samuel Pepysby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.00

    For a decade, beginning in 1660, an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history. In Samuel Pepys , Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man, whose inadvertent masterpiece would establish him as the greatest... more...

  • Jane Austenby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.95

       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... more...

  • The Invisible Womanby Claire Tomalin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep , and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens?s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.   In this remarkable... more...

  • The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraftby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft is the acclaimed bestselling biography by Claire Tomalin Winner of the Whitbread First Book Prize Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. She published A Vindication of the Rights of Women; travelled to revolutionary France... more...

  • Charles Dickensby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 16.99

    Award-winning author Claire Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation... more...

  • Poems of John Miltonby John Milton; Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    John Milton was a master of almost every type of verse, from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic. This is a new selection of his poems, edited and introduced by Claire Tomalin. more...

  • Poems of John Keatsby Claire Tomalin; John Keats

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    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... more...

  • Poems of Thomas Hardyby Claire Tomalin; Thomas Hardy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    Thomas Hardy wrote some of the most moving and personal poems in his era and this collection brings together the best of his verse on life and love. Hardy's poems are by turn haunting, intense, songlike humerous and tender. From snatched lovers' meetings to the wreck of the Titanic from the death of a Dorest drummer boy in the Boer War to memories... more...

  • Katherine Mansfieldby Claire Tomalin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Katherine Mansfield is the celebrated biography be bestselling author Claire Tomalin 'One of the best biographies I have ever read: a perfect match of author and subject. It should become a classic' Alison Lurie Pursuing art and adventure across Europe, Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote with the Furies on her heels; but when she... more...