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London

London( )
Author: Ackroyd, Peter
ISBN:978-1-85686-793-1
Publication Date:Oct 2003
Publisher:Penguin Random House
Imprint:Audiobooks
Book Format:CD-Audio
List Price:AUD $140.00
Book Description:

London: The Collected Edition (Box set includes all 5 above titles) :1) London: Foundations ISBN 1856867943 RC 6862) London: Trade and Enterprise ISBN 1856867978 RC 6893) London: Street Life and the People ISBN 1856867951 RC 6874) London: Fire and Pestilence ISBN 185686782X RC 6715) London: Districts and Suburbs ISBN 185686796X RC 688? Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but here, as a culmination, is his definitive account of the city. It...
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Book Details
Pages:900
Detailed Subjects: History / Europe / Great Britain / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.7 x 14.605 x 12.548 cm
Book Weight:0.937 Kilograms
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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