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Claire Harman

Biography

Claire Harman

Claire Harman is the author of CHARLOTTE BRONTE: A Fiery Heart; SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER, for which she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson; and JANE'S FAME: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a frequent reviewer. She divides her time between New York City and Oxford, England.

Claire Harman

Books by Claire Harman

by Claire Harman - History, Nonfiction, True Crime

In May 1840, Lord William Russell, well known in London's highest social circles, was found with his throat cut. The police suspected Russell's valet, Courvoisier, but the evidence was weak. It turned out the missing clue lay in the unlikeliest place: what Courvoisier had been reading. In the years just before the murder, new printing methods had made books cheap and abundant, the novel form was on the rise, and suddenly everyone was reading. The best-selling titles were the most sensational true-crime stories. Among them was William Harrison Ainsworth's JACK SHEPPARD, the story of an unrepentant criminal who escaped the gallows time and again. When Lord William's murderer finally confessed his guilt, he would cite this novel in his defense.

by Claire Harman - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Charlotte Brontë famously lived her entire life in an isolated parsonage on a remote English moor with a demanding father and with siblings whose astonishing creativity was a closely held secret. The genius of Claire Harman’s biography is that it transcends these melancholy facts to reveal a woman for whom duty and piety gave way to quiet rebellion and fierce ambition. Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, Harman depicts Charlotte’s inner life with absorbing intensity. Brontë’s blazingly intelligent female characters brimming with hidden passions transformed English literature, even as a heartrending series of personal losses followed the author’s literary success.