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Tomalin's Dickens biography 'most welcome'

6th August 2009

Charles Dickens scholars believe that biographer Claire Tomalin will be up to the task of chronicling the writer's life.

The award-winning journalist was named last week as the person tasked with the role of compiling a detailed account of the personal and professional life of the Oliver Twist novelist.

Speaking to The Times, former president of the International Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America Paul Schlicke welcomed the announcement.

He told the newspaper: 'I have every expectation that Claire's biography will be a very substantial and interesting work.

'The book is certain to be well written, well researched and accurate. It will be most welcome.'

Ms Tomalin has written several biographies during her career, including for Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen.

She also writes for the New Statesman and Sunday Times.

Charles Dickens is widely regarded as one of the most popular Victorian-era English novelists, whose works include David Copperfield, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

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