Claire Tomalin





Claire Tomalin

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June 20, 1933

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Born Claire Delavenay in London, she was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge.

She became literary editor of the 'New Statesman' and also the 'Sunday Times'. She has written several noted biographies and her work has been recognised with the award of the 1990 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1991 Hawthornden Prize for 'The Invisible Woman The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens'.

In addition, her biography of Samuel Pepys won the Whitbread Book Award in 2002, the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 2003, the Latham Prize of the Samuel Pepys Club in 2003, and was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2003.

She married her first husband, Nicholas Tomalin, who was a prominent journalist but who was killed in the Arab-Israeli Yo
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“Poor Nelly, she was not to know that fashions in sin change as much as other fashions.”
Claire Tomalin, The Invisible Woman

“He saw the world more vividly than other people, and reacted to what he saw with laughter, horror, indignation, and sometimes sobs.”
Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens

“He could take on anything and everything, it seemed, rather than leave himself time to reflect on his dissatisfaction with his life and what he might do about it.”
Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens

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