In this acclaimed new biography, one of today's preeminent literary biographers, Claire Tomalin, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.
Charles Dickens: A LifePenguin Books #ad - Award-winning claire tomalin, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, author of A Life of My Own, sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation of classic novels such as Great Expectations, and Hard Times.
From his sensational public appearances to the obsessive love affair that led him to betray, and break with those closest to him, Charles Dickens: A Life is a triumph of the biographer’s craft, deceive, a comedy that turns to tragedy in a story worthy of Dickens’ own pen.
Jane Austen: A LifeVintage #ad - 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, author of A Life of My Own, creating a remarkably fresh and convincing portrait of the woman and the writer.
Jane Austen: A Life #ad - While most austen biographers have accepted the assertion of Jane's brother Henry that "My dear Sister's life was not a life of events, " Tomalin shows that, on the contrary, Austen's brief life was fraught with upheaval. Tomalin provides detailed and absorbing accounts of austen's ill-fated love for a young irishman, her close friendship with a worldly cousin whose French husband met his death on the guillotine, her brothers' naval service in the Napoleonic wars and in the colonies, her frequent travels and extended visits to London, and thus shatters the myth of Jane Austen as a sheltered and homebound spinster whose knowledge of the world was limited to the view from a Hampshire village.
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled SelfVintage #ad - With exquisite insight and compassion, Samuel Pepys captures the uniquely fascinating figure whose legacy lives on more than three hundred years after his death. We witness pepys’s early life and education, learn about the great events of the day as well as the most intimate personal details that Pepys encrypted in the Diary, follow him through his later years as a powerful naval administrator, see him advising King Charles II before running to watch the great fire consume London, and come to appreciate how Pepys’s singular literary enterprise would in many ways prefigure our modern selves.
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self #ad - 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 diarist in the English language. Against the backdrop of plague, and regicide, christopher wren drawing up plans to rebuild London, and Isaac Newton advancing the empirical study of the world around us, with John Milton composing diplomatic correspondence for Oliver Cromwell, civil war, Tomalin weaves a breathtaking account of a figure who has passed on to us much of what we know about seventeenth-century London.
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.
A Life of My Own: A MemoirPenguin Books #ad - However, when nick is killed in 1973 while reporting in Israel, the mother of four put aside her writing to assume the position of literary editor of the New Statesman. Marked by honesty, and grace, rendered in the most elegant of prose, A Life of My Own is a portrait of a life, humility, replete with joy and heartbreak.
Her career soared when she later moved to the Sunday Times, and she tells with dazzling candor of this time in her life spent working alongside the literary lights of 1970s London. With quiet insight and unsparing clarity, Tomalin writes autobiography at its most luminous, delivering an astonishing and emotionally-taut masterpiece.
A Life of My Own: A Memoir #ad - She relives the glittering london literary scene of the 1960s, and revisits the satisfaction of being commissioned to write her first book, during which Tomalin endured her husband's constant philandering and numerous affairs, a biography of the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. From discovering books as a form of escapism during her parents' difficult divorce, where she meets and marries Nicholas Tomalin, the ambitious and striving journalist, to pursuing poetry at Cambridge, Tomalin always steered herself towards a passionate involvement with art.
Esteemed biographer and legendary literary editor Claire Tomalin's stunning memoir of a life in literature“An intelligent and humane book…There is genuine appeal in watching this indomitable woman continue to chase the next draft of herself. Dwight garner, samuel pepys, the renowned biographer of charles dickens, and Thomas Hardy, The New York TimesIn A Life of My Own, and former literary editor for the Sunday Times reflects on a remarkable life surrounded by writers and books.
It is not until later in life that she is able to return to what gave her such purpose decades ago, and finds enduring love with her now-husband, writing biographies, playwright Michael Frayn. In biography, she found her vocation.
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles DickensVintage #ad - In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, Thomas Hardy, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself.
The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian 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.
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens #ad - 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.
The Life and Death of Mary WollstonecraftPenguin #ad - Writing in the new statesman, penetrating, J H Plumb called it, "Wide, sympathetic. Witty, courageous and unconventional, Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day. There is no better book on Mary Wollstonecraft, nor is there likely to be". Often embattled and bitterly disappointed, she never gave up her radical ideas or her belief that courage and honesty would triumph over convention.
The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft #ad - Winner of the whitbread first Book Prize in 1974, this haunting biography achieved wide critical acclaim. She published "a vindication of the rights of woman", travelled to revolutionary France and lived through the Terror and the destruction of the incipient French feminist movement; produced an illegitimate daughter; and married William Godwin before dying in childbed at the age of thirty-eight.
The Mayor of CasterbridgeOpen Road Media #ad - . Instead, he finds rum. A captivating story of love and regret from the author of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Return of the Native Young farm worker Michael Henchard arrives in Casterbridge, with his wife and child, Wessex, looking for a job. But when henchard falls in love with a young woman on a trip to the island of Jersey, his inability to marry her threatens to destroy her reputation.
The Mayor of Casterbridge #ad - He sells his family to a sailor for five guineas, a monstrous crime that marks him for a lifetime of guilt and pain. The next morning, Henchard swears off drink. The sudden return of his wife and daughter presents Henchard with a chance to finally make things right—or doom himself forever. At the town fair, henchard quarrels with his wife and drunkenly auctions her and his daughter to the assembled crowd.
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. Eighteen years later, he is the wealthy—and sober—mayor of Casterbridge, his terrible secret buried deep in the past.
The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year That Changed LiteratureHenry Holt and Co. #ad - M. A lambda literary awards finalistnamed one of the best books of 2017 by NPR's Book ConciergeA revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. H. Eliot, E. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past.
S. The literary ground is shifting, as ulysses is published in February and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Based on original research, bill goldstein's The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.
The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature #ad - Forster, and D. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernismThe World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. Eliot, E. Forster and D. Dalloway, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, lawrence has written Kangaroo, for the first time in nearly a decade, Forster has, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, and Eliot has finished—and published to acclaim—“The Waste Land.
As willa cather put it, “the world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts, ” and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. H.
Poems of Thomas Hardy: A New Selection Macmillan Collector's Library Book 90Macmillan Collector's Library #ad - Thomas hardy saw himself, and he wrote poetry throughout his prolific and acclaimed novel-writing years before announcing in 1896 that he would no longer write novels, as a poet, first and foremost, much to the astonishment of his worldwide readership. Macmillan collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
Instead he went on to publish eight masterful volumes of poetry - ranging from lyrics and ballads to dramatic monologues and satire - and is now regarded as one of the greatest twentieth-century poets. Choosing the best verse from each volume, soul-searching and profoundly sincere poetry, the Poems of Thomas Hardy is the perfect introduction to Hardy's lyrical, covering subjects ranging from his grief at the death of his first wife to his experiences of war.
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Jude the Obscure Third Edition Norton Critical EditionsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - This third norton critical edition of Hardy’s final novel has been revised to reflect the breadth of responses it has received over the last fifteen years. Simon gatrell, victor luftig, Elaine Showalter, Michael Hollington, and Mary Jacobus are among the new voices. A chronology and revised and expanded Selected Bibliography.
The text of the novel is again based on Hardy’s final revision for the 1912 Wessex Edition. The norton critical edition also includes:· Expanded footnotes by Ralph Pite, further drawing out Hardy’s web of allusions and comprehensively indicating the material culture in which he embeds this narrative.
Jude the Obscure Third Edition Norton Critical Editions #ad - A selection of hardy’s poems—four of them new to the Third Edition—that emphasizes the biographical contexts from which parts of Jude the Obscure arose. Eighteen critical responses, including eleven modern essays—eight of them new to the Third Edition.