Claire Harman (writer)

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Claire Harman is a British writer and critic.

As a literary critic and book reviewer Harman has written for the Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph among other publications.[1] Harman is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has taught English at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. She has also taught creative writing at Columbia University.[2]

Harman won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1989 for her biography of poet Sylvia Townsend Warner.[3] Her subsequent biographical subjects include Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson.

In 2009 Harman published Jane's Fame, a book about the posthumous fame of novelist Jane Austen.

In September 2015 Harman won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem of the year for 'The Mighty Hudson', first published in the Times Literary Supplement.

Harman is currently writing a biography of Charlotte Brontë, due to be published in October 2015.[4]


  • 1989 - Sylvia Townsend Warner, Chatto & Windus/Minerva
  • 2000 - Fanny Burney, HarperCollins
  • 2005 - Robert Louis Stevenson, HarperCollins
  • 2015 - "Charlotte Bronte", Viking Penguin


  1. ^ "Claire Harman - Archive". Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Claire Harman - About". Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Booktrust - John Llewellyn Prize archive
  4. ^ "New Charlotte Bronte biog to Viking". Retrieved January 12, 2013. 

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