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Last night I was reading a bit of Nick Hornby's Polysyllabic Spree and was drawn in by his discussion of Claire Tomalin's The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. Since I am consumed by the Victorians these days, enjoy literary biographies, and think Tomalin is a first-rate biographer, this is definitely now on my wish list.
The blurb on Amazon is only fueling my desire to get my hands on this book:
This is the story of someone who - almost - wasn't there; who vanished into thin air. Her names, dates, family and experiences very nearly disappeared from the record for good. 'Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism. It not only returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history, but provides a compelling and truthful portrait of the great Victorian novelist.' A biography of high scholarship and compelling detective work.'