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Ackroyd, Peter 1949-

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The life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

52 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,759 WorldCat member 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
London : the biography by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

71 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 2,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of the city from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century discusses its ability to grow and change, and describes stories of London's wealthy streets and impoverished alleys
Shakespeare : the biography by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

54 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 2,498 WorldCat member 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
Dickens by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

69 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the life and work of the celebrated English novelist
T.S. Eliot : a life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

81 editions published between 1949 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 2,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within his lifetime T.S. Eliot came to be considered the greatest poet of his generation and perhaps the most important poet of this century. Two decades after his death, his reputation, unlike that of many of his contemporaries, remains as secure as ever. His influence has been profound: virtually every poet writing in English in the last fifty years owes a debt to him. Eliot achieved great success during his life. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he was an influential magazine and book editor, he spoke widely on religion and social issues. But he was also a very private man who remained something of a mystery even to his closest friends. This is only one of a number of paradoxes in Eliot's life. Perhaps chief among them, as this biography demonstrates, was Eliot's insistence on the impersonality of great poetry while at the same time his own work was suffused with his experience and personality. In fact, as Peter Ackroyd points out, "His private choices and obsessions became emblematic of, and in some sense determined our understanding of, the twentieth-century tradition." Eliot insisted on the importance of literary tradition, yet he had no real predecessors or successors. Along with Pound, Joyce, and Woolf, he helped give birth to modernism in literature, but then later in his career he abandoned it. From this biography -- the first authoritative, comprehensive life of Eliot ever published -- we can at last understand the relationship of Eliot's life and work, the better to appreciate his artistic achievement. With this book we now have the first detailed account of Eliot's deeply troubled first marriage, as well as reliable descriptions of the solitude and misery of his middle years and the fulfillment and joy he found late in life in his second marriage. Scrupulously researched, elegantly written and insightful, T.S. Eliot is an accomplished portrait of an extraordinary figure. It will be an essential book for anyone who wants to understand one of the most important writers of the century. - Back cover
Blake by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

69 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,308 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
The casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Victor Frankenstein begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men--the resurrectionists--whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity
Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

33 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, Alfred Hitchcock was isolated as a child. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did he become one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and James Stewart despaired of his detached directing style and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endured cuts and bruises from a real-life flock of birds on set. Yet underneath, Hitch was a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

37 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,569 WorldCat member 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 Canterbury tales by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

29 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,562 WorldCat member 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
Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,506 WorldCat member 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 )

46 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alive with stories, anecdotes, and astounding insights, this magnificent cultural history by the bestselling author of "London: The Biography" brilliantly illuminates the sources and spirit of English creativity throughout the centuries. 40 b&w photos throughout. Two 8-page full-color inserts
Charlie Chaplin : a brief life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

32 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concise portrait of the iconic film star traces his humble theatrical beginnings through his honorary Academy Award win, sharing anecdotes about his lesser-known antics and associations
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

102 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 1,369 WorldCat member 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
Three brothers : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

30 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel, and Sam Hanway, a trio of brothers born on a postwar council estate in Camden Town. Marked from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world--a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, backbiters, and petty thieves. London is the backdrop and the connecting fabric of these three lives, reinforcing Ackroyd's grand theme that place and history create, surround and engulf us. From bustling, cut-throat Fleet Street to hallowed London publishing houses, from the wealth and corruption of Chelsea to the smoky shadows of Limehouse and Hackney, this is an exploration of the city, peering down its streets, riding on its underground, and drinking in its pubs and clubs. Everything is possible--not only in the new freedom of the 1960s but also in London's timeless past."--
Foundation : the history of England from its earliest beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2020 in English and Russian and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of England. The first in an extraordinary six-volume history, "Foundation" takes the reader from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII
Tudors : the history of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ackroyd brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I
The death of King Arthur : Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur : a retelling by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this modern adaptation of the story of King Arthur, the author resurrects the legendary epic of Camelot. The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the court of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the world of myth. Although many versions exist of the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory endures as the most moving and richly inventive. In this abridged retelling the author transforms Malory's fifteenth-century work into a dramatic modern story, vividly bringing to life a world of courage and chivalry, magic, and majesty. The golden age of Camelot, the perilous search for the Holy Grail, the love of Guinevere and Lancelot, and the treachery of Arthur's son Mordred are all rendered into contemporary prose
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

100 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'There is no Light without Darknesse and no Substance without Shaddowe.' So proclaims Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Sir Christopher Wren and man with a commission to build seven London churches to stand as beacons of the enlightenment. But Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each church - to create a forbidding architecture that will survive for eternity. Two hundred and fifty years later, London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sites of certain eighteenth-century churches - crimes that make no sense to the modern mind
London under : the secret history beneath the streets by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short study of everything that goes on under London--from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts, and modern tube stations
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The life of Thomas More
London : the biographyShakespeare : the biographyDickensT.S. Eliot : a lifeBlakeThe casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novelAlfred Hitchcock : a brief lifeChaucer
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Ackroyd P.

Ackroyd P. 1949-

Ackroyd Peter

Ackroyd Peter R.

Aḳroid, Piṭer 1949-

Akroidas Piteris

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Akrojd, Peter 1949-

Akrojd, Piter.

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Peter Ackroyd

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Акройд Питер

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