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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein( )
Author: Ackroyd, Peter
ISBN:978-0-385-53084-2
Publication Date:Oct 2009
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Nan A. Talese
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $26.95
Book Description:

When two nineteenth-century Oxford students-Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley-form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.   This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an...
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Book Details
Pages:368
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Biographical
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.97 x 8.54 x 1.11 Inches
Book Weight:1.188 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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