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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, the Sunday Telegraph and 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.


  • 1989 - Sylvia Townsend Warner, Chatto & Windus/Minerva
  • 2000 - Fanny Burney, HarperCollins
  • 2005 - Robert Louis Stevenson, HarperCollins
  • 2015 - Charlotte Brontë: A Life, Viking Penguin
  • 2016 - Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


  1. ^ "Claire Harman - Archive". Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fall 2005 Courses". Columbia University. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Previous winners of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize". Booktrust. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 

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