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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 de Peter Ackroyd

London: The Biography (2000) 3,256 cópias
Hawksmoor (1985) 1,868 cópias
Shakespeare: The Biography (2005) 1,267 cópias
The Life of Thomas More (1998) 1,186 cópias
London Under (2011) 945 cópias
Blake (1995) 915 cópias
Chatterton (1987) 884 cópias
Thames: Sacred River (2007) 872 cópias
The Lambs of London (2004) 860 cópias
The Clerkenwell Tales (2003) 821 cópias
The House of Doctor Dee (1993) 819 cópias
Dickens (1990) 770 cópias
Venice: Pure City (2009) 620 cópias
The Plato Papers (1999) 490 cópias
T.S. Eliot: A Life (1984) 472 cópias
English Music (1992) 458 cópias
First Light (1989) 453 cópias
The Fall of Troy (2006) 400 cópias
The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend (2010) — Autor — 374 cópias
Poe: A Life Cut Short (2008) 364 cópias
Milton in America (1996) 363 cópias
Chaucer (2005) 316 cópias
Dickens (abridged) (1994) 268 cópias
The Great Fire of London (1982) 198 cópias
The Collection (2001) 171 cópias
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life (2015) 170 cópias
Newton (2006) 170 cópias
J.M.W. Turner (2005) 158 cópias
Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life (2014) 141 cópias
The English Ghost (2010) 138 cópias
Three Brothers (2013) 137 cópias
Wilkie Collins (2012) 133 cópias
Illustrated London (2003) 86 cópias
Mr Cadmus (2020) 76 cópias
Ezra Pound (1981) 66 cópias
Escape from Earth (2004) 65 cópias
The Beginning (2003) 57 cópias
Cities of Blood (2004) 53 cópias
Introduction to Dickens (1991) 45 cópias
The Diversions of Purley (1987) 38 cópias
Kingdom of the Dead (2004) 36 cópias
Colors of London: A History (2022) 31 cópias
Ancient Rome (2005) 31 cópias
Ancient Greece (2005) 26 cópias
Ezra Pound and his world (1980) 25 cópias
Blitz (2016) 7 cópias
London Lickpenny (1973) 6 cópias
Country Life (1978) 5 cópias
P.E.N. new fiction I (1984) 3 cópias
Dickens [2002 miniseries] (2002) 2 cópias
The Canterbury Tales 1 exemplar(es)
Brief Lives: Newton 1 exemplar(es)
Dickens (dvd) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

O Retrato de Dorian Gray (1890) — Introdução, algumas edições39,712 cópias
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) — Introdução, algumas edições31,871 cópias
Paradise Lost (1667) — Prefácio, algumas edições13,978 cópias
O Sinal dos Quatro (1890) — Introdução, algumas edições5,087 cópias
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006) — Introdução — 1,684 cópias
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (1950) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,474 cópias
The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics) (1827) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,311 cópias
The Haunted House (1859) — Prefácio, algumas edições381 cópias
A Rogue's Life (1856) — Prefácio, algumas edições244 cópias
Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus (1741) — Prefácio, algumas edições192 cópias
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
London: A Pilgrimage (1872) — Introdução, algumas edições148 cópias
The Worst Street in London (2008) — Prefácio, algumas edições114 cópias
A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare (2010) — Introduction & Commentaries — 80 cópias
Table Talk (2000) — Prefácio, algumas edições59 cópias
Coffee with Dickens (Coffee with...Series) (2008) — Prefácio — 49 cópias
The East End: Four Centuries of London Life (1989) — Introdução, algumas edições43 cópias
Thomas Chatterton and romantic culture (1999) — Prefácio — 2 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Ackroyd, Peter
Nome de batismo
Ackroyd, Peter Warwick
Data de nascimento
East Acton, London
Local de nascimento
East Acton, Middlesex, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Clare College, University of Cambridge (MA|1971)
Yale University (Mellon Fellow 1972-1973)
St. Benedict's School, Ealing
tv writer/presenter
Kuhn, Brian (partner)
The Spectator
The Times
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 todas 7)
Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)
Sheil Land Associates Ltd
Pequena biografia
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)


Lightly based on the lives of Charles and his sister Mary Lamb (you know the ones: of 'Tales from Shakespeare' fame, this is nevertheless fiction. It's an account of how Mary emerges from her limited life of domesticity upon meeting young antiquarian William Ireland. Ireland has apparently made discoveries of his own: and found among a patron's papers a hitherto unknown play by William Shakespeare no less. What happens next? You'll have to read it to find out. But en route you'll be absorbed into the life of 19th century London, and will puzzle to disentangle fact from fiction. All whilst having a jolly good read.… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 37 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
This is more of a Cliff Notes style approach to history than the books by Dan Jones. If you just want a basic history of England, without too much detail, this would be a good book for it.
sawcat | outras 31 resenhas | Apr 8, 2024 |
A twist on the classic tale iwth lots of nods to literary figures of the times
cspiwak | outras 39 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |


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