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Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin is an English journalist and biographer, known for her biographies of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft.

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I've behaved badly in my life. I hope I haven't behaved as badly as Dickens! In a way, if you're a woman, you're not in a position to behave as badly, because you don't have the economic power.
Dickens was a part of how the whole celebration of Christmas as we know it today emerged during the 19th century.
Poetry was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem.
As he approached his 28th birthday in February 1840, Dickens knew himself to be famous, successful and tired. He needed a rest, and he made up his mind to keep the year free of the pressure of producing monthly installments of yet another long novel.
After Shakespeare, Dickens is the great creator of characters, multiple characters. — © Claire Tomalin
After Shakespeare, Dickens is the great creator of characters, multiple characters.
Most writers can tell stories of how their books failed to be made into films.
One of my most vivid memories of the mid-1950s is of crying into a washbasin full of soapy grey baby clothes - there were no washing machines - while my handsome and adored husband was off playing football in the park on Sunday morning with all the delightful young men who had been friends to both of us at Cambridge three years earlier.
All the people I have written about remain with me - perhaps they are my closest friends.
'Words and Music' on Radio 3 is always a treat. Actors read passages of poetry and prose interspersed with music, and nobody tells you what it is. Later you can look it up online, but at the time you can't cheat.
Simon Russell Beale is an incomparable speaker of Shakespeare and a superb all-round actor.
Dickens is a lover of human beings; a relisher of human beings.
Why do we read biography? Why do we choose to write it? Because we are human beings, programmed to be curious about other human beings, and to experience something of their lives. This has always been so - look at the Bible, crammed with biographies, very popular reading.
When I kept a diary, I realised that it was all moanings and depression, and I think that is quite common.
The young Dickens was so alive, so self-confident, so funny.
'Philomena' was even better than I had expected. I was so pleased to see the evil Irish nuns thoroughly exposed, and I thought Judi Dench gave a flawless performance, as did everybody else.
The book doesn't end when you finish writing it. — © Claire Tomalin
The book doesn't end when you finish writing it.
Essentially, I spent most of my childhood with my mother and my older sister, and I suppose I had rather a romantic vision of how things might be if there were men around; I saw myself in a country house with six children and a garden. That has never been achieved - and I still regret it.
I belong to the Richmond Concert Society, who put on very good concerts.
I'm interested in history, in trying to relate the past to the present and to understand how people thought about their problems and pleasures.
I continually get more information about a subject after the book has been published.
Writers don't make good spouses. When I am writing, I'm not a good wife. I shut myself away, and all my emotions are directed towards what I'm trying to write.
I was working at the 'Evening Standard' when I heard that there was a job going as deputy literary editor on the 'New Statesman.' I remember thinking, 'That's perfect.' It was three days a week, and I had children, but I could make that work - so I applied for it and got it.
Biographers use historians more than historians use biographers, although there can be two-way traffic - e.g., the ever-growing production of biographies of women is helping to change the general picture of the past presented by historians.
When dealing with a subject who is dead, you have this feeling of being God. You know who they're going to marry, when they're going to die. It's strange to feel so omniscient.
Historians will handle a much wider range of sources than a biographer and will be covering a broader spectrum of events, time, peoples.
I always try to travel light.
I would like to have a more social life than I have.
I always feel sad when I come to the end of a book.
Writing Charles Dickens' biography is like writing five biographies.
I'm usually convinced that what I'm working on is a total disaster.
I sometimes think that, since I started writing biographies, I've had more of a life in books than I have had in my real life.
In 1843, everybody was hungry, unemployed, and conditions were very bad.
It's a difficult thing to lose a child, a grown-up child.
Dickens belongs to the English people.
Everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens. The child-victim, the irrepressibly ambitious young man, the reporter, the demonic worker, the tireless walker. The radical, the protector of orphans, helper of the needy, man of good works, the republican. The hater and the lover of America. The giver of parties, the magician, the traveler.
I think it's quite normal for people to have love affairs.
I would perhaps like to go back to writing small books about obscure people.
I was very priggish as a child. I saved up for a book on medieval English nunneries, for which I was despised by my friends.
When you live with Dickens for years, reading him and trying to present him as faithfully as you can, you can't fail to love the man - so the shock of his bad behaviour is considerable, even when you know it is coming.
I didn't start writing my own books until I was 40. — © Claire Tomalin
I didn't start writing my own books until I was 40.
I think people are always saying things are 'over.' Fiction has been regularly 'over' since the 19th century.
In 2007, several musicologists contacted me at about the same time, expressing interest in the work of the mysterious Muriel Herbert, a few of whose songs they had come across.
I fell in love with Shakespeare when I was 12, and I read the whole works. Yes, I was precocious.
The thing I love about Rome is that is has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It's a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There's nowhere else like it.
I know it sounds pathetic, but I don't know who I am.
I thought it was a glorious thing to be a critic and to be a literary editor, and one was really doing something that mattered: to keep up standards, to take books seriously.
The whole world knows Dickens, his London and his characters.
You become more tolerant when you become older. You're not interested in rapping people over the knuckles; you're interested in understanding them.
It's an odd situation: I could not write about someone for whom I felt no affection or admiration.
I think it's about as likely Jane Austen was gay as that she was found out to be a man.
I have been fascinated by Dickens worshippers who strenuously deny that he did anything wrong in relation to his wife, even though the record is clear that he did. — © Claire Tomalin
I have been fascinated by Dickens worshippers who strenuously deny that he did anything wrong in relation to his wife, even though the record is clear that he did.
If I'm in a state about a book, I'll get up at 6 A.M. and write before breakfast, but usually I'll start afterwards and then work a full day with a break for lunch.
By the time I went up to Cambridge, I was extremely quiet and well behaved, although I now meet people who remember me as not like that at all.
Dickens had more energy than anyone in the world, and he expected his sons to be like him, and they couldn't be.
Today's children have very short attention spans because they are being reared on dreadful television programmes which are flickering away in the corner.
My life was a sort of series of random disasters.
People who attack biography choose as their models vulgar and offensive biography. You could equally attack novels or poems by choosing bad poems or novels.
All writers behave badly. All people behave badly.
Writers often feel obliged to adopt some sort of public appearance.
Dickens was very practical and sensible.
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