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Foundation - a book by Ackroyd, Peter

Foundation

The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

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Author: Ackroyd, Peter
Series title:The History of England Ser.
ISBN:978-1-250-03755-8
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Imprint:Saint Martin's Griffin
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $17.99
Book Description:

"An extraordinary book . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the most talented and prolific writer working in Britain today." —Daily Express(UK)

InFoundation,acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic story of England itself. He takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common...
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Book Details
Pages:496
Detailed Subjects: History / Europe / Great Britain
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.92 x 8.01 x 1.07 Inches
Book Weight:1.01 Pounds
Author Biography
Ackroyd, Peter (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 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.

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