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Shakespeare: The Biography
Peter Ackroyd
0385511396
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Ron RosenbaumAt their best, Shakespearean biographers are like great jazz musicians, able to take a few notes of an old standard and spin them into dizzying riffs of conjecture. At their worst they reshuffle old wives' tales, piling supposition upon conjecture into a rickety house of cards. Peter Ackroyd can riff with the best, and he brings to the task of making the old facts fresh some themes and variations of his own that deserve a hearing. He is particularly good, in fact, on the question of sound: the way the language Shakespeare wrote, his players spoke and his audiences heard differed from the Shakespeare we hear and read today. Demonstrating the courage of his convictions, he does something daring for a book aimed at a general reader: he renders all of his citations from Shakespeare...


Albion: Origins of the English Imagination
Peter Ackroyd
0641686196

Hardcover
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Shakespeare
Peter Ackroyd
0739323768
Oct 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Ron RosenbaumAt their best, Shakespearean biographers are like great jazz musicians, able to take a few notes of an old standard and spin them into dizzying riffs of conjecture. At their worst they reshuffle old wives' tales, piling supposition upon conjecture into a rickety house of cards. Peter Ackroyd can riff with the best, and he brings to the task of making the old facts fresh some themes and variations of his own that deserve a hearing. He is particularly good, in fact, on the question of sound: the way the language Shakespeare wrote, his players spoke and his audiences heard differed from the Shakespeare we hear and read today. Demonstrating the courage of his convictions, he does something daring for a book aimed at a general reader: he renders all of his citations from Shakespeare...


London: A Biography
Peter Ackroyd
0385497717
April 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Novelist and biographer Ackroyd (The Plato Papers; T.S. Eliot; etc.) offers a huge, enthralling "biography" of the city of London. The reader segues through this litany of lists and anthology of anecdotes via the sketchiest of topical linkages, but no matter not a page is dull, until brief closing chapters in which Ackroyd succumbs to bathos, for which he's instantaneously redeemed by the preceding chapters. He admits to using no original research, openly crediting his printed sources. Ackroyd examines London from its pre-history through today, artfully selecting, organizing and pacing stories, and rendering the past in witty and imaginative ways. "The opium quarter of Limehouse," he tells readers, for example, "is now represented by a Chinese take-away." Fast food, it seems, was always part of the London scene....


Albion
Peter Ackroyd
0385497733
Nov 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Even a writer as popular, prolific and inventive as Ackroyd can concoct a bore. Nevertheless, Albion is likely to succeed on his considerable reputation and the success of his bestselling London: The Biography. Here Ackroyd seeks to define and describe what he sees as distinctive qualities of the English imagination as they have developed since the country's beginnings. Quoting the 17th-century Richard Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, he claims a cultural continuity-"we weave the same web still, twist the same rope again and again." But the Englishman, as Daniel Defoe remarked, and Ackroyd concedes, remained infinitely adaptable, having already assimilated waves of invasion and conquest-and become "Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman-English." Explaining that "mungrell" mingling in 53 thematic chapters, Ackroyd...


1001 Books You Must Read before You Die
Peter Boxall (Editor)
0789313707
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others.Addictive, browsable, knowledgeable—1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die will be a boon companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for...


The Clerkenwell Tales
Peter Ackroyd
1400075955
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ackroyd (The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde; Hawksmoor; etc.) brings late medieval London to life in this latest of his fascinating historical novels. Working with a cast of characters drawn from The Canterbury Tales, Ackroyd deploys his usual meticulous research to reconstruct the background of Chaucer's England in a prose idiom congenial to modern readers. The thriller plot concerns a visionary nun, a sect of violent religious heretics and a shadowy group of power brokers trying to orchestrate the ouster of King Richard II by Henry Bolingbroke. But the rather creaky conspiracy narrative, supposedly based in fact, is just a peg on which to hang a panorama of 14th-century life that takes in the cathedrals, cloisters, brothels, taverns and law courts while instructing readers on all things medieval, from medicine...


The Clerkenwell Tales
Peter Ackroyd
0385511213
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ackroyd (The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde; Hawksmoor; etc.) brings late medieval London to life in this latest of his fascinating historical novels. Working with a cast of characters drawn from The Canterbury Tales, Ackroyd deploys his usual meticulous research to reconstruct the background of Chaucer's England in a prose idiom congenial to modern readers. The thriller plot concerns a visionary nun, a sect of violent religious heretics and a shadowy group of power brokers trying to orchestrate the ouster of King Richard II by Henry Bolingbroke. But the rather creaky conspiracy narrative, supposedly based in fact, is just a peg on which to hang a panorama of 14th-century life that takes in the cathedrals, cloisters, brothels, taverns and law courts while instructing readers on all things medieval, from medicine...


Chaucer: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Peter Ackroyd
0385507976
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Series of brief bios are old hat by now, but perhaps only the prolific novelist/historian Ackroyd would singlehandedly undertake an entire series—on English cultural figures—himself. This slim volume is not so much an account of the life of Geoffrey Chaucer (1343?–1400) as a consideration of his role in shaping England's national identity. The poet is hailed as the "progenitor of a national style," and deft literary analysis explicates Chaucer's innovations while acknowledging the influence of other poets. (Readers will also be glad to know that an appendix provides modern translations of Chaucer's extensively quoted Middle English.) Ackroyd doesn't ignore the biographical side of the story; much is made of Chaucer's position in the royal court, which provided the financial means to live...


Voyages Through Time
Peter Ackroyd
0756607299
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10–Color is the most striking feature in this survey of the three great pre-Columbian civilizations of Latin America. Full-page color photographs of the ruins of the Maya city of Tikal or the sacred Inca site of Machu Picchu are examples of what can be found throughout. Two introductory chapters and a prologue discuss the Meso-American precursor civilizations, such as the Olmecs. As the title indicates, the author does not shy away from the gruesome aspects of the cultures he describes, in particular the widespread practice of human sacrifice, devoting an entire chapter to it. Ackroyd describes the bloody rituals within their cultural context and attempts to enlighten readers about various practices of all three civilizations that seem alien to modern sensibilities. A useful appendix...


London
Getmapping
0007184352
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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The Life and Times of Charles Dickens
Peter Ackroyd
1592580025
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this stunning new illustrated biography, Peter Ackroyd introduces us to the public and private life of one of Britain's best loved literary giants, Charles Dickens.

Dickens's own story is one of rags to riches; from bankruptcy, prison and enforced child labor in his youth to a life of fame and fortune in adulthood, yet one that was overshadowed by guilt and secrecy. His life seems to echo the plots of his epic novels: indeed he was strongly influenced by personal experience and his stories brim with references to the places and characters he knew and the preoccupations that haunted his life.

At a remarkably young age, Dickens achieved the public respectability, wealth and international fame he had craved during his impoverished childhood. However, his road to personal happiness was a far less...


The Sign of Four
Arthur Conan Doyle
0140439072
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Yellow fog is swirling through the streets of London, and Sherlock Holmes himself is sitting in a cocaine-induced haze until the arrival of a distressed and beautiful young lady forces the great detective into action. Each year following the strange disappearance of her father, Miss Morstan has received a present of a rare and lustrous pearl. Now, on the day she is summoned to meet her anonymous benefactor, she consults Holmes and Watson.

Introduction by Peter Ackroyd and notes by Ed Glinert

From the Publisher
This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is...


The Collection
Peter Ackroyd
0099428946
Aug 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This volume gathers together many of the short writings of critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writer Ackroyd (London: The Biography, as well as biographies of Dickens, Blake, and Thomas More) from the past 30 years. It includes reviews and articles written for the London Spectator magazine from the late 1970s and early 1980s, which reveal a young writer trying to establish himself as a literary voice; he criticizes such giants as Nabokov and Auden with caustic and penetrating wit. Later reviews for the Times of London, written after 1981, are less abrasive yet still distinctive and entertaining. The subjects range from literary topics like Harold Bloom's The Western Canon to British television shows. Of particular interest are three of Ackroyd's short stories, which show his skill with...


Peter Ackroyd: The Lucid and Labyrinthine Text
Jeremy Sumner Gibson
0312228686
June 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book offers the first major critical study in English of one of Britain's most inventive and significant writers of the twentieth century. This study rigorously engages with those aspects of literary stylistics and personal and national identity so important in Ackroyd's work. Rejecting the postmodern label previously attached to the author, Jeremy Gibson and Julian Wolfreys provide a consideration of all Ackroyd's writing to date, from his poetry and critical thought, to his novels and biographies, offering an indispensable account to anyone interested in Ackroyd and the condition of the novel at the end of the twentieth century.


Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763
James Boswell
0300093012
May 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
In 1762 James Boswell, then twenty-two years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth-century London. This new edition includes an introduction by Peter Ackroyd, which discusses Boswell's life and achievement.

From the Back Cover
"Boswell was the most charming companion in the world, and London becomes his dining-room and his playground, his club and his confessional. No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book."-Peter Ackroyd, from the introduction; Praise for the earlier edition: "The journal is...

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