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Claire Harman

Claire Harman began her career in publishing, at Carcanet Press and the poetry magazine PN Review, where she was coordinating editor.

Her first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for “a writer of growing stature” under the age of 35. She has since published biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson and edited works by Stevenson and Warner. She writes short stories for radio and publication and was runner-up for the V.S.Pritchett prize for short fiction in 2008. Her most recent book is a mixture of biography and criticism, Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World.

Harman has taught English at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and creative writing at Columbia University in New York City. She has appeared on radio and television and writes regularly for the literary press on both sides of the Atlantic, reviewing books, films, plays and exhibitions. She is now at work on a biography of Charlotte Brontë, to be published in conjunction with Brontë’s bicentenary in 2016.

Harman was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006.

Online Resources


Selected Bibliography

Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World (2009)
Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson (2005)
Fanny Burney: A Biography (2000)
Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography