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Peter Ackroyd (1) (1949–)

Autor(a) de London: The Biography

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About the Author

Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949. He graduated from Cambridge University and was a Fellow at Yale (1971-1973). A critically acclaimed and versatile writer, Ackroyd began his career while at Yale, publishing two volumes of poetry. He continued writing poetry until he began delving into mostrar mais historical fiction with The Great Fire of London (1982). A constant theme in Ackroyd's work is the blending of past, present, and future, often paralleling the two in his biographies and novels. Much of Ackroyd's work explores the lives of celebrated authors such as Dickens, Milton, Eliot, Blake, and More. Ackroyd's approach is unusual, injecting imagined material into traditional biographies. In The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), his work takes on an autobiographical form in his account of Wilde's final years. He was widely praised for his believable imitation of Wilde's style. He was awarded the British Whitbread Award for biography in 1984 of T.S. Eliot, and the Whitbread Award for fiction in 1985 for his novel Hawksmoor. Ackroyd currently lives in London and publishes one or two books a year. He still considers poetry to be his first love, seeing his novels as an extension of earlier poetic work. (Bowker Author Biography) Peter Ackroyd is the award-winning author of four biographies, most recently the national bestseller "The Life of Thomas More", as well as ten novels, including "Chatterton" & "Hawksmoor". He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book, "London: The Biography. (Publisher Provided) Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in London. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos


Obras por Peter Ackroyd

London: The Biography (2000) 3,223 exemplares
Hawksmoor (1985) 1,852 exemplares
Shakespeare: The Biography (2005) 1,249 exemplares
The Life of Thomas More (1998) 1,174 exemplares
London Under (2011) 929 exemplares
Blake (1995) 904 exemplares
Chatterton (1987) 874 exemplares
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994) 873 exemplares
Thames: Sacred River (2007) 863 exemplares
The Lambs of London (2004) 851 exemplares
The Clerkenwell Tales (2003) 815 exemplares
The House of Doctor Dee (1993) 815 exemplares
Dickens (1990) 759 exemplares
Venice: Pure City (2009) 612 exemplares
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling (2009) 523 exemplares
The Plato Papers (1999) 488 exemplares
T.S. Eliot: A Life (1984) 466 exemplares
English Music (1992) 455 exemplares
First Light (1989) 450 exemplares
The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983) 420 exemplares
The Fall of Troy (2006) 396 exemplares
The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend (2010) — Autor — 370 exemplares
Milton in America (1996) 360 exemplares
Poe: A Life Cut Short (2008) 357 exemplares
Chaucer (2005) 310 exemplares
Dickens (abridged) (1994) 265 exemplares
The Great Fire of London (1982) 197 exemplares
The Collection (2001) 170 exemplares
Newton (2006) 165 exemplares
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life (2015) 163 exemplares
J.M.W. Turner (2005) 155 exemplares
The English Ghost (2010) 136 exemplares
Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life (2014) 134 exemplares
Three Brothers (2013) 134 exemplares
Wilkie Collins (2012) 129 exemplares
Illustrated London (2003) 85 exemplares
Mr Cadmus (2020) 76 exemplares
The Beginning (2003) 66 exemplares
Ezra Pound (1981) 65 exemplares
Escape from Earth (2004) 55 exemplares
Cities of Blood (2004) 53 exemplares
Introduction to Dickens (1991) 44 exemplares
The Diversions of Purley (1987) 38 exemplares
Kingdom of the Dead (2004) 36 exemplares
A Traveller's Companion to London (2004) 33 exemplares
Ancient Rome (2005) 31 exemplares
Colors of London: A History (2022) 29 exemplares
London: The Concise Biography (2016) 29 exemplares
Ezra Pound and his world (1980) 25 exemplares
Ancient Greece (2005) 25 exemplares
The Mystery of Charles Dickens (2002) 14 exemplares
Blitz (2016) 7 exemplares
London Lickpenny (1973) 6 exemplares
Country Life (1978) 5 exemplares
P.E.N. new fiction I (1984) 3 exemplares
Dickens [2002 miniseries] (2002) 2 exemplares
Dickens (dvd) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) — Introdução, algumas edições39,060 exemplares
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) — Introdução, algumas edições31,414 exemplares
Paradise Lost (1667) — Prefácio, algumas edições13,721 exemplares
The Sign of Four (1890) — Introdução, algumas edições4,973 exemplares
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006) — Introdução — 2,582 exemplares
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (1950) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,463 exemplares
The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics) (1827) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,289 exemplares
The Haunted House (1859) — Prefácio, algumas edições374 exemplares
A Rogue's Life (1856) — Prefácio, algumas edições239 exemplares
Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus (1741) — Prefácio, algumas edições193 exemplares
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
London: A Pilgrimage (1872) — Introdução, algumas edições148 exemplares
The Worst Street in London (2008) — Prefácio, algumas edições111 exemplares
A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare (2010) — Introduction & Commentaries — 78 exemplares
Table Talk (2000) — Prefácio, algumas edições58 exemplares
Coffee with Dickens (Coffee with...Series) (2008) — Prefácio — 48 exemplares
The East End: Four Centuries of London Life (1989) — Introdução, algumas edições42 exemplares
Thomas Chatterton and romantic culture (1999) — Prefácio — 2 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

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Ackroyd, Peter Warwick
Data de nascimento
East Acton, London
Local de nascimento
East Acton, Middlesex, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
University of Cambridge (Clare College)
Yale University
St. Benedict's School, Ealing
tv writer/presenter
Kuhn, Brian (partner)
The Spectator
The Times
Prémios e menções honrosas
Mellon Fellow
British Book Award (1991)
Commander, Order of the British Empire (2003)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1984)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1998)
Whitbread Prize for Biography (1984) (mostrar todos 7)
Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)
Sheil Land Associates Ltd

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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is the author of London Under and the bestselling London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. He has won a number of accolades including the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. He holds a CBE for services to literature (The Browser).



Group Read: Peter Ackroyd - History of England series em 2015 Category Challenge (Julho 2018)
1001 Group Read - January, 2013: Hawksmoor em 1001 Books to read before you die (Agosto 2013)


This is a terrible book. I have stared at its 270 pages without actually being able to read them. It's just so abysmally written than I could not grasp it at all. My mind would just slip after a sentence or two, and eventually I would notice that my eyes had just moved over another page full of words without knowing what they contain.

What I got from this book: there are two blokes named Nicholas, one is a dull satanist who builds churches with a secret ingredient in the 1710s, and one who investigates murders in those churches in the 1980s. In the end of the book, they merge into one single space-time paradoxical freak. That's all that happens. Now you know it all. Don't bother reading the book.… (mais)
adastra | 41 outras críticas | Jan 15, 2024 |
I got this book for christmas in 2002 and have only just gotten around to reading it. Eleven house moves I've carried it around and now I finally read it only to find that its not really worth it! As a cultural history of English art its ok, but really its central premise is basically flawed. There is nothing unique about English culture, and all cultures transmit in the same way. It's not magic or in the blood or better or worse then anywhere else, and whilst he avoids being outrightly nationalistic there are hints of the mystical powers of the english countryside transmitting the magic through the soil... All of the things that he claims are English are not uniquely so, like cultural assimilation, melancholy, alliteration etc. But its well researched, I learned some stuff I didn;t know, and maybe 20 years ago I would have been simple enough that I believed the nonsense!… (mais)
elahrairah | 11 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
This was such a weird little book. Although I didn't care much for the story, I had to admire the fantastic writing style. It really captured the voice, vocabulary, and cynical snobbish "humor" of the time. Some of the characters really were fantastic---like Mr. Lamb swigging the peppermint oil...ha!

I might never be able to read my kids, Tales From Shakespeare again, though. This story was a pretty odd bunch of convoluted craziness---and much of it was more about William than the Lambs. I didn't appreciate the two unnecessary sex scenes/discussions...yuck. I also thought the cover design drab.

Wouldn't recommend...but don't really regret reading, either. Good lead in for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which I read after this.
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classyhomemaker | 36 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2023 |


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