Claire Tomalin

Standard Name: Tomalin, Claire


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death Jane Austen
JA died at Winchester. The unusual symptoms of her illness have been read as suggesting Addison's Disease, or more recently cancer or tuberculosis. An article in Lupus: Science & Medicine in April 2021 argues...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Austen
JA 's biographer Claire Tomalin lists those women writers who were most important to her, for learning rather than for mockery, as Charlotte Lennox , Frances Burney , Charlotte Smith , Maria Edgeworth , and...
Literary responses Muriel Spark
Her friend Graham Greene hastened to offer his usual compliment of best-since-Memento Mori—this time after reading only the first three pages.
Greene, Graham. Graham Greene. A Life in Letters. Editor Greene, Richard, Alfred A. Knopf.
Claire Tomalin called it a novel about a hate affair...
Literary responses Mary Wollstonecraft
Virginia Woolf celebrated Wollstonecraft's immortality in 1929; Marjorie Bowen wrote of her critically in 1937 yet entitled her work This Shining Woman. The future anthropologist Ruth Benedict , with her own career yet to...
Literary responses Katherine Mansfield
Reviews mentioned KM 's caustic and observant descriptions, her freedom from sentimentality, and her peculiar touch of impishness. Some, however, found her coarse.
Alpers, Antony. The Life of Katherine Mansfield. Oxford University Press.
Willa Cather later recalled how discerning readers of this first volume...
Literary responses Katherine Mansfield
Claire Tomalin singles out the unfinished and fragmentary A Married Man's Story for its brilliant and sinister qualities.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Literary responses Edna O'Brien
EOB is known as a writer who appeals to academic, popular, and other audiences. Her work has been appreciated by contemporaries, including John Berger , Mary Gordon , and Claire Tomalin .
Wheeler, Kathleen. A Guide to Twentieth-Century Women Novelists. Blackwell.
The first...
Reception Cassandra Cooke
The Critical Review offered a plot-summary of Battleridge and said that the grasp of seventeenth-century manners was good, but the work is not very amusing; and, in point of composition, it is despicable.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Reception Muriel Spark
Graham Greene wrote to tell Spark that this was her best book since Memento Mori (as he was to do with several later titles as well).
Greene, Graham. Graham Greene. A Life in Letters. Editor Greene, Richard, Alfred A. Knopf.
Reviews were mixed, many sounding baffled. While admirers...
Textual Production Mary Wollstonecraft
Biographer Claire Tomalin thinks that MW worked in spring 1795 at editing Marie-Jeanne Roland 's Memoirs, and that this explains why the second edition of the book which Johnson published is so far superior...
Textual Production Jane Austen
JA laid aside her fragmentary, unfinished novel The Watsons.
Critic Jan Fergus thinks that she probably never went back to it after Anne Lefroy 's death. Biographer Claire Tomalin thinks it was her father
Textual Production Anne Devlin
AD wrote for Free Range Films the screenplay of Mrs. Jordan 's Profession, based on a biography by Claire Tomalin of the eighteenth-century comedy actress and morganatic wife of a royal duke.
Schrank, Bernice, and William W. Demastes, editors. Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995. Greenwood Press.
“Anne Devlin”. Alan Brodie Representation.
Textual Production Elaine Feinstein
EF returned to the genre of short biography by contributing (with Margaret Drabble , Claire Tomalin , and others) to Breaking Bounds: Six Newnham Lives, published by Newnham College in 2014. She wrote on...
Textual Production Eliza Fenwick
In this book product placement is even further highlighted than in some of EF 's other books for children.
Paul, Lissa. “Eliza Fenwick—Forgotten in Histories of Schooling”. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) 35th Annual Conference, Oxford.
It is designed both to advertise Tabart's shop and products, and to foster in white children...
Textual Production Katherine Mansfield
Scholar Claire Tomalin suspects that this refusal had to do with KM 's unacknowledged debt to Chekhov in The Child-Who-Was-Tired.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Mansfield was, however, feeling discouraged about all her work. In February, with The Garden...


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Tomalin, Claire. “Book of the week: The female captive”. The Guardian, p. 7.
Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen: A Life. Penguin Viking, 1997.
Tomalin, Claire. Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life. Alfred Knopf, 1988.
Tomalin, Claire. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. Penguin, 1992.