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Questions about the works of Susanna Clarke (born 1959) or about her life as a writer. She is most famous for her novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004).

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In Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, what is the purpose of this character's resurrection?

(Massive spoilers on the book follow). Toward the end of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a nameless character appears before Childermass and performs various feats of magic, including bringing ...
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What is the source of Mr. Norrell's wealth?

In Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the magician Norrell has cornered the market on magical books, which must have been a considerable expense. He also seems to have a considerable estate. How did he ...
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What is the significance of "Jonathan" in Strange and Norrell?

At least four major characters have the name "John" or "Jonathan", including Jonathan Strange, John Segundus, John Childermass, and John Uskglass. This is potentially confusing to a reader. In ...
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Was Susanna Clarke using any particular author's style for "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell"?

Susanna Clarke's excellent novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is written in a very convincing (at least to me) "19th-century literature" style. Not only the language used by the characters but ...
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What is the significance of the name "Strange" in Strange and Norrell?

Inspired by What is the significance of "Jonathan" in Strange and Norrell? In the book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, "Strange" immediately strikes the reader as a rather ... well, ...
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Where does the name Childermass come from?

Returning to the tale of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, it occurred to me to wonder where Childermass (probably my favourite character) got his name from. Wikipedia informed me that "Childermass" is ...
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