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Several Strangers: Writing from Three Decades Hardcover – 28 Oct 1999
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Claire Tomalin is best known for a series of acclaimed biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mrs Jordan, Katherine Mansfield, Dickens's mistress Nelly Ternan and, most recently, Jane Austen. But she has also worked as a publisher, critic and journalist, and she reviews and broadcasts collected here are from three decades as a literary journalist. Their subjects range from women's history to modern fiction, letters and biographies of the great - Dickens, Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath - to more obscure but no less intriguing figures such as Dame Ethel Smyth ("Ancient Mariner" and "Belle Dame Sans Merci" rolled into one) and Edith Nesbit, who managed to keep three households going and to write some of the richest and most long-lasting children's books. In three introductory essays to the main sections of the book, Claire Tomalin describes her own career, which began in London during the fifties and included a period as literary editor of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times, at a time when both of these papers were particularly vibrant and creative.
About the Author
The former literary editor of both the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, Claire Tomalin has written a series of highly praised and very successful biographies, most recently her bestselling life of JANE AUSTEN. She lives in Camden Town with her husband Michael Frayn.
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