Claire Tomalin talks about Charles Dickens
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Before this event, the fifth Literary Leicester Festival will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess.
Chair: Holly Furneaux
Claire Tomalin worked in publishing for Heinemann, Hutchinson and Cape before moving into journalism and becoming the literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She is the acclaimed biographer of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy, Mary Wollstonecraft, the actress Mrs Jordan and Katherine Mansfield.
The Invisible Woman, her book exploring the relationship between Charles Dickens and the actress Nelly Ternan, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Hawthornden Prize. Charles Dickens: A Life was published in 2011 to rapturous reviews:
vividness. This is a superb biography of a great writer.
Dr Holly Furneaux is Reader in Victorian Literature in the University's School of English and author of Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities.
The Charles Dickens exhibition in the David Wilson Library is open throughout the festival.