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Ackroyd, Peter 1949-

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Dickens by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

40 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the life and work of the celebrated English novelist
The life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

34 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,837 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
Shakespeare : the biography by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

38 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,575 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
London : the biography by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

44 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,557 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
T.S. Eliot by Philip Ray Headings( Book )

71 editions published between 1949 and 2004 in 9 languages and held by 2,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The image that T.S. Eliot presented to the outside world was that of a successful public man; a unique poet, an established speaker and an important publisher. Behind the mask, however, was a secret, enigmatic man who remained something of a mystery even to his closest friends. This is a detailed portrait of a very private man
The casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

27 editions published between 1753 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,898 WorldCat member 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 )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,624 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
Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,578 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
Tudors : the history of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,477 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 Canterbury tales by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,451 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
Albion : the origins of the English imagination by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

37 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,398 WorldCat member 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 Spenser 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 Lambs of London : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,397 WorldCat member 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
London under : the secret history beneath the streets by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,375 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
The fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrated German archaeologist Herr Obermann marries a young Greek woman who is able to read Homer in order to help him in his excavations of what he believes to be the ancient city of Troy
The death of King Arthur : Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur : a retelling by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,324 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
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

53 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 13 languages and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Thomas Chatterton, a brilliant literary counterfeiter, is found dead in 1770, the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death are unraveled in succeeding centuries
The Clerkenwell tales by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1399 London, with Richard II on the throne of England, Sister Clarice, a member of the convent at Clerkenwell, experiences a series of visions about a dark and dangerous future that reveal a secret plot to overthrow the Church, dethrone Richard, and ignite deadly violence in five different parts of London
Charlie Chaplin : a brief life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

21 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography that turns the spotlight on Charlie Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. It covers topics ranging from the glamour of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland
The collection by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journalism, reviews, essays, short stories, lectures. -- cover page
William Blake by William Vaughan( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than a century-and-a-half after his death, William Blake remains a truly remarkable and controversial figure. Equally gifted as poet and painter, he produced work as arresting for its beauty as for its strangeness. William Vaughan explores the contradictions that stand in the way of an easy understanding of the artist's work
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The life of Thomas More
Alternative Names
Ackroyd P. 1949-

Ackroyd, Peter

Ackroyd, Peter R.

Ackroyd, Peter Runham

Akroĭd, Piter 1949-

Akroids, Pīters 1949-

Akrojd, Peter, 1949-

Akrojd, Piter.

Ekroids, Pīters 1949-

Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd Brits schrijver

Peter Ackroyd brytyjski pisarz, krytyk literacki

Peter Ackroyd écrivain britannique

Peter Ackroyd englischer Schriftsteller

Petrus Ackroyd

Pyteris Akroidas

Акройд, Питер 1949-

Питер Акройд британский писатель, поэт и литературный критик

Пітер Акройд

אקרויד, פיטר 1949-

پیتر آکروید

পিটার এক্‌রয়েড

애크로이드, 피터 1949-

アクロイド, P. R.

アクロイド, ピーター



The life of Thomas MoreShakespeare : the biographyLondon : the biographyT.S. EliotThe casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novelChaucerPoe : a life cut shortTudors : the history of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I