Books by Claire Tomalin

Biographer Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, she worked in publishing for Heinemann, Hutchinson and Cape before switching to journalism, becoming literary editor of both the New Statesman magazine

CHARLES DICKENS by Claire Tomalin
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an overachiever of genius, and his life was as eventful, dramatic and character-filled as any of his novels. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A richly introspective biography sure to rekindle interest in Hardy's writing. "
Another wonderfully readable life by veteran biographer and journalist Tomalin (Samuel Pepys, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

The second major Austen biography of the season expertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche. Austen, writes Tomalin (The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, 1991, etc.), ``has a way of sending biographers away feeling that, as Lord David Cecil put it, she remains `as no doubt she would have wished—not an intimate but an acquaintance.' '' Tomalin does indeed fall short of conveying the kind of three-dimensional portrait so painstakingly achieved by David Nokes in his recent Austen biography (p. 1012). Read full book review >

Released: April 20, 1995

From the author of The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (1991), another sprightly biography of an English actress with a famous lover. Dora Jordan (17611816) was the most famous comic actress of her day, a star of London's Drury Lane Theater for nearly 30 years, beloved by audiences for her vivacity, her charming singing voice, and the fine legs she displayed in her most popular roles, which usually called for her to play a woman impersonating a man. Read full book review >