Biographer Claire Tomalin to chronicle the life of Charles Dickens

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An award-winning author who has written ground-breaking biographies of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Samuel Pepys is turning her attention to another literary giant — Charles Dickens.

Scholars said yesterday that Claire Tomalin was “the ideal person” to chronicle the novelist’s life. She is already revered by Dickens enthusiasts for her 1990 account of his relationship with the young actress Ellen Ternan, for which she won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

“I have every expectation that Claire’s biography will be a very substantial and interesting work,” said Paul Schlicke, former president of the International Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America. “She is known to be a major biographer. The book is certain to be well written, well researched and accurate. It will be most welcome.”..

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