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“[A] shrewd and sparkling biography.” (New York Times Book Review )
“Claire Harman’s judicious, witty and insightful life is as gratifying as it is poignant.” (Washington Post Book World )
“Knowledgeable, vastly detailed biography... Harman lucidly analyzes Stevenson’s immense variety of writings and his even greater variety of unfinished projects.” (Boston Sunday Globe )
“Everything a literary biography ought to be.” (Charlotte Observer )
“Well researched . . . [Harman’s] readings of RLS’s literary prose are critically strong.” (BookForum )
“Splendid...Ms. Harman’s clear-eyed, wry approach to Stevenson and his colorful coterie will grab you and not let go.” (Washington Times )
“A delight from start to finish. [Harman] is steeped in Stevenson and can match his swift, vivid style.” (John Carey, Sunday Times (London) )
“[A] complex portrait...Harman’s kaleidoscopic light suits a man whose personality seemed in a state of constant flux.” (The Economist )
“Harman’s narrative is full, rich, intelligent, and smooth...and is a continuous pleasure to read . . . Uncommonly good.” (Literary Review )
“An engaging look at the life and writings of a complex and contradictory fellow... rendered with honesty, integrity and humor.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred )
“A deeply nuanced portrait of an amazingly complex figure . . . Meticulously researched and well written.” (Booklist (starred review) )
Claire Harman's first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in England, and her second, Fanny Burney: A Biography, was shortlisted for England's Whitbread Award. She has published acclaimed editions of Robert Louis Stevenson's essays, poems, and short stories. Harman teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in New York City and in Oxford, England.