Ackroyd, Peter 1949-
Most widely held works about Peter Ackroyd
Most widely held works by Peter Ackroyd
Dickens by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
23 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and French and held by 2,735 libraries worldwide
A biography of the life and work of the celebrated English novelist.
The life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
19 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 2,691 libraries worldwide
A biography of Catholic martyr and saint, Thomas More, discussing his formidable intellect, political skill, and the steadfast faith that resulted in his beheading when he refused to follow King Henry VIII's lead in severing England's ties to the Catholic Church.
Shakespeare : the biography by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and French and held by 2,346 libraries worldwide
Biographer and novelist Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. His method is to position the playwright in the context of his world, exploring everything from Stratford's humble town to its fields of wildflowers; discerning influences on the plays from unexpected quarters; and entering London with the playwright as modern theatre, as we know it, is just beginning to emerge. Writing as though we are observing Shakespeare and his circle of friends, patrons, managers, and fellow actors and writers, Ackroyd is able to see Shakespeare's genius from within, so we feel that Ackroyd the writer merges with Shakespeare the writer, the poet, the man; and thus with great sympathy and clarity we experience the way in which Shakespeare worked.--From publisher description.
Blake by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
24 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 2,125 libraries worldwide
"Born in 1757, the son of a London hosier, William Blake - poet, painter, and engraver - possessed one of the most original and fertile creative geniuses of his age. Yet his strange aloofness and claims of supernatural visions caused many in his own time and since to doubt his sanity, and much of his astonishing poetry and visual art remains unfamiliar. Now, Peter Ackroyd gives us a biography of the enigmatic eighteenth-century master, clarifying at last the true nature of Blake's extraordinary life and art." "Ackroyd's narrative traces Blake's progression from his childhood in a Dissenting household, through his apprenticeship as an engraver and his studies at the newly formed Royal Academy Schools, to his full maturity, during which he produced his great masterpieces - Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Jerusalem, and Milton, to name only a few - works that were as neglected during his lifetime as they are celebrated today." "Re-creating time and place as only he can, Ackroyd locates Blake in the complex context of his external world - a cross section of eighteenth-century London inflamed by various forms of radicalism, mysticism, and sexual magic, squarely opposed to the age's prevailing faith in rationalism. But he also shows us the cockney visionary as the creator of his own lavish interior world, a universe filled with angels and spirits. It is in Blake's utterly unique art that these two worlds meet, as Ackroyd reveals in his dazzling interpretations of Blake's poetry and the many paintings and engravings beautifully reproduced in this volume."--BOOK JACKET.
London : the biography by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
22 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 2,049 libraries worldwide
"... traces thematically [London's] growth from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century."--Dust jacket.
T.S. Eliot : a life by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1,869 libraries worldwide
The casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novel by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,535 libraries worldwide
This volume merges historical fiction with literary license to create an alternative reality in which Victor Frankenstein, the fictional scientist created by Mary Shelley, who, after studying chemical processes and the decay of living beings, gains an insight into the creation of life and gives life to his own creature. Frankenstein was one of Percy Shelley's (who became Mary Shelley's husband) schoolmates and close friends. In this retelling of the legend, Percy is the one who first gives Frankenstein the idea of creating a monster. Soon, both Frankenstein and the Monster are deeply entwined in the lives of the Shelleys and Lord Byron, becoming the cause of many of the strange occurrences that take place in their lives, including the inspiration for Mary Shelley's book. This book is a fascinating blending of Shelley's original novel, pulling occasional direct quotes from it, and a speculation about the real-life people who were involved in its creation.
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and French and held by 1,506 libraries worldwide
Profiles the eventful life of master fourteenth-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, recounting his life as a courtier, diplomat, and literary luminary, who was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle.
The Lambs of London : a novel by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
24 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,369 libraries worldwide
For bored siblings Charles and Mary Lamb, the works of Shakespeare furnish a respite from the boredom and domesticity of their lives, until William Ireland, an antiquarian bookseller, claims to possess a long-lost Shakespearean play.
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
44 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 12 languages and held by 1,346 libraries worldwide
A young poet and an elderly novelist engage the mystery of Thomas Chatterton by trying to decode the clues found in an old manuscript, only to discover that their investigation discloses other riddles for which there are no solutions.
Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,339 libraries worldwide
Explores Poe's literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life, including his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin and his much-written-about problems with gambling and alcohol.
Albion : the origins of the English imagination by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 1,338 libraries worldwide
Covers the whole of English cultural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day--from the Venerable Bede through English myths such as the legends about King Arthur and Albion to C.S. Lewis; from Chaucer through Spencer to George Eliot; from the English mystics through the philosopher Locke to Iris Murdoch; from Purcell through Elgar to Michael Tippett; from Hogarth through Constable to Turner; from mystery plays through Shakespeare to music hall. Ackroyd's favourite themes are here: the visionary poetry of Blake, the theatrical novels of Dickens, the humanism of Thomas More--and there are also explorations of forgery and plagiarism, Romanticism, artificiality, farce and pantomime, assimilation and energy.--From publisher description.
The fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,313 libraries worldwide
Working on a nineteenth-century excavation of the ancient ruins of Troy, Sophia, the young Greek wife of German archaeologist Heinrich Obermann, becomes suspicious about her husband's past when she finds a cache of artifacts that he had hidden away.
The Canterbury tales by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,235 libraries worldwide
Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original.
The Clerkenwell tales by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Polish and held by 1,209 libraries worldwide
London 1939. The last year of the fourteenth century and there is talk of an apocalypse. People The are restless. ...
First light by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
26 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Turkish and held by 1,111 libraries worldwide
In het geheimzinnige heidelandschap van Devon leggen archeologen een neolitische grafheuvel bloot.
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
34 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,069 libraries worldwide
The story of Scotland Yard's Nicholas Hawksmoor's investigation of a string of homicides runs parallel to the story of eighteenth-century architect Nicholas Dyer.
The trial of Elizabeth Cree : a novel of the Limehouse murders by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Russian and held by 1,060 libraries worldwide
In Victorian London, an actress is hanged for poisoning her husband, when she should have been awarded a medal, the husband being a serial killer. Lots of atmosphere and period detail on immigrants and criminals, including an appearance by Karl Marx.
Milton in America by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 979 libraries worldwide
An alternate history novel in which the 17th Century English writer, John Milton, emigrates to America to escape the wrath of the royalists for his Puritan views. He is elected leader of a Puritan colony in New England and leads it in a war against a Catholic colony. A tale of religious intolerance.
The beginning by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 978 libraries worldwide
The Beginning brings an incredible story to life: the most astonishing history of the Universe. It is the story of who we are, where we are, and how we came to be here. It is the story of life itself. Beautifully illustrated throughout, and containing a wealth of factual information to complement extraordinary narrative, The Beginning will take you on a journey of wonder: from alien landscapes to "upside-down" continents, violent collisions, and mass extinction; from worms with jaws and pigs as big as men to saber-toothed cats and monstrous dinosaurs. A time when humans were the victims, not masters, of their world. Encounter history as you have never experienced it before.
Antiquarian booksellers Archaeologists Artists Authors, American Biography Blake, William,--1757-1827 Byron, George Gordon Byron,--Baron,--1788-1824 Chatterton, Thomas,--1752-1770 Chaucer, Geoffrey,--d. 1400 Christian martyrs Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages Civilization Criticism, interpretation, etc. Dickens, Charles,--1812-1870 Dramatists, English--Early modern Eliot, T. S.--1888-1965 England England--London English literature Excavations (Archaeology) Fiction Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character) Great Britain Henry--VIII,--King of England,--1491-1547 History Humanists Intellectual life Juvenile works Manners and customs Middle East--Troy (Extinct city) Monsters More, Thomas,--Sir, Saint,--1478-1535 Novelists, English Poe, Edgar Allan,--1809-1849 Poets Poets, American Poets, English Poets, English--Middle English Polidori, John William,--1795-1821 Political science Psychological fiction Relations with humanists Scientists Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616 Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft,--1797-1851 Shelley, Percy Bysshe,--1792-1822 Statesmen United States Women archaeologists Young men
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Akroĭd, Piter, 1949-
Peter Ackroyd lived1949
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