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Wilkie Collins

A Brief Life

Wilkie Collins( )
Author: Ackroyd, Peter
ISBN:978-0-385-53739-1
Publication Date:Oct 2015
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Nan A. Talese
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $25.00
Book Description:

A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection.      Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was nonetheless a charmer, befriended by the great, loved by children,...
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Book Details
Pages:272
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Biography & Autobiography / Literary Figures
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.22 x 7.28 x 1.02 Inches
Book Weight:0.78 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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