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Ackroyd, Peter 1949-

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Dickens by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

64 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and Polish and held by 2,943 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 )

51 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,803 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 )

67 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 2,579 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 )

52 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 2,505 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
T.S. Eliot : a life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

77 editions published between 1949 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 2,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the twentieth century, no Anglo-American poet or critic has matched the influence of Thomas Stearns Eliot. Despite his political and religious conservatism, Eliot was among the most innovative of the literary modernists, a figure to be reckoned with by admirers and critics alike. In his Whitbread Prize-winning biography, Peter Ackroyd delves into the work and mind of a man who redefined the very terms of modern poetry
Blake by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

63 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,296 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 )

32 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,720 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 )

32 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,565 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
Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,545 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
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,536 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
London under : the secret history beneath the streets by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,483 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
Albion : the origins of the English imagination by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

41 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,473 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
Charlie Chaplin : a brief life by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,435 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
Three brothers : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

29 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,415 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."--
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

97 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 1,353 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
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

101 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,314 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
Foundation : the history of England from its earliest beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,300 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 1,282 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 Lambs of London : a novel by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

40 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,272 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
The Canterbury tales by Peter Ackroyd( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,228 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
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The life of Thomas More
The life of Thomas MoreLondon : the biographyShakespeare : the biographyT.S. Eliot : a lifeBlakeThe casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novelPoe : a life cut shortChaucer
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Ackroyd P.

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Aḳroid, Piṭer 1949-

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Peter Ackroyd

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