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Ackroyd, Peter 1949-

Works: 473 works in 1,887 publications in 10 languages and 67,970 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Biography  History  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Arthurian romances  Drama 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Host, Interviewer, Creator, Annotator, Adapter, Scenarist, Speaker
Classifications: PR6051.C64, B
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Dickens by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
50 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and Polish and held by 3,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of the life and work of the celebrated English novelist
The life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
31 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 2,856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of Catholic martyr and saint, Thomas More, discussing his formidable intellect, political skill, and the steadfast faith that resulted in his beheading when he refused to follow King Henry VIII's lead in severing England's ties to the Catholic Church
Shakespeare : the biography by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
32 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 2,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biographer and novelist Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. His method is to position the playwright in the context of his world, exploring everything from Stratford's humble town to its fields of wildflowers; discerning influences on the plays from unexpected quarters; and entering London with the playwright as modern theatre, as we know it, is just beginning to emerge. Writing as though we are observing Shakespeare and his circle of friends, patrons, managers, and fellow actors and writers, Ackroyd is able to see Shakespeare's genius from within, so we feel that Ackroyd the writer merges with Shakespeare the writer, the poet, the man; and thus with great sympathy and clarity we experience the way in which Shakespeare worked.--From publisher description
T.S. Eliot : a life by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
52 editions published between 1949 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 2,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait of the Nobel Prize poet drawn extensively from letters, private papers, interviews, and the diaries of his first wife, Vivien
London : the biography by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
50 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and German and held by 2,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A chronicle of the city from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century discusses its ability to grow and change, and describes stories of London's wealthy streets and impoverished alleys
Blake by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
47 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Born in 1757, the son of a London hosier, William Blake - poet, painter, and engraver - possessed one of the most original and fertile creative geniuses of his age. Yet his strange aloofness and claims of supernatural visions caused many in his own time and since to doubt his sanity, and much of his astonishing poetry and visual art remains unfamiliar. Now, Peter Ackroyd gives us a biography of the enigmatic eighteenth-century master, clarifying at last the true nature of Blake's extraordinary life and art." "Ackroyd's narrative traces Blake's progression from his childhood in a Dissenting household, through his apprenticeship as an engraver and his studies at the newly formed Royal Academy Schools, to his full maturity, during which he produced his great masterpieces - Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Jerusalem, and Milton, to name only a few - works that were as neglected during his lifetime as they are celebrated today." "Re-creating time and place as only he can, Ackroyd locates Blake in the complex context of his external world - a cross section of eighteenth-century London inflamed by various forms of radicalism, mysticism, and sexual magic, squarely opposed to the age's prevailing faith in rationalism. But he also shows us the cockney visionary as the creator of his own lavish interior world, a universe filled with angels and spirits. It is in Blake's utterly unique art that these two worlds meet, as Ackroyd reveals in his dazzling interpretations of Blake's poetry and the many paintings and engravings beautifully reproduced in this volume."--BOOK JACKET
The casebook of Victor Frankenstein : a novel by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume merges historical fiction with literary license to create an alternative reality in which Victor Frankenstein, the fictional scientist created by Mary Shelley, who, after studying chemical processes and the decay of living beings, gains an insight into the creation of life and gives life to his own creature. Frankenstein was one of Percy Shelley's (who became Mary Shelley's husband) schoolmates and close friends. In this retelling of the legend, Percy is the one who first gives Frankenstein the idea of creating a monster. Soon, both Frankenstein and the Monster are deeply entwined in the lives of the Shelleys and Lord Byron, becoming the cause of many of the strange occurrences that take place in their lives, including the inspiration for Mary Shelley's book. This book is a fascinating blending of Shelley's original novel, pulling occasional direct quotes from it, and a speculation about the real-life people who were involved in its creation
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and French and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Profiles the eventful life of master fourteenth-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, recounting his life as a courtier, diplomat, and literary luminary, who was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle
The Lambs of London : a novel by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
24 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For bored siblings Charles and Mary Lamb, the works of Shakespeare furnish a respite from the boredom and domesticity of their lives, until William Ireland, an antiquarian bookseller, claims to possess a long-lost Shakespearean play
Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ( Book )
16 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original
Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores Poe's literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life, including his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin and his much-written-about problems with gambling and alcohol
Albion : the origins of the English imagination by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
36 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Covers the whole of English cultural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day--from the Venerable Bede through English myths such as the legends about King Arthur and Albion to C.S. Lewis; from Chaucer through Spenser to George Eliot; from the English mystics through the philosopher Locke to Iris Murdoch; from Purcell through Elgar to Michael Tippett; from Hogarth through Constable to Turner; from mystery plays through Shakespeare to music hall. Ackroyd's favourite themes are here: the visionary poetry of Blake, the theatrical novels of Dickens, the humanism of Thomas More--and there are also explorations of forgery and plagiarism, Romanticism, artificiality, farce and pantomime, assimilation and energy.--From publisher description
The Clerkenwell tales by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
25 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1399 London, with Richard II on the throne of England, Sister Clarice, a member of the convent at Clerkenwell, experiences a series of visions about a dark and dangerous future that reveal a secret plot to overthrow the Church, dethrone Richard, and ignite deadly violence in five different parts of London
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
48 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young poet and an elderly novelist engage the mystery of Thomas Chatterton by trying to decode the clues found in an old manuscript, only to discover that their investigation discloses other riddles for which there are no solutions
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
54 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of Scotland Yard's Nicholas Hawksmoor's investigation of a string of homicides runs parallel to the story of eighteenth-century architect Nicholas Dyer
First light by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
37 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The excavation of an astronomically aligned neolithic grave in Dorset unexpectedly affects the lives of an archaeologist, astronomer, and an entertainer
Venice : pure city by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city, embracing facts and romance, history and artists, carnival masks and leper colonies, wars and sieges, and scandals and seductions
Foundation : the history of England from its earliest beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of England. The first in an extraordinary six-volume history, "Foundation" takes the reader from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII
The trial of Elizabeth Cree : a novel of the Limehouse murders by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Victorian London, an actress is hanged for poisoning her husband, when she should have been awarded a medal, the husband being a serial killer. Lots of atmosphere and period detail on immigrants and criminals, including an appearance by Karl Marx
The death of King Arthur : Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur : a retelling by Peter Ackroyd ( Book )
16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this modern adaptation of the story of King Arthur, the author resurrects the legendary epic of Camelot. The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the court of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the world of myth. Although many versions exist of the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory endures as the most moving and richly inventive. In this abridged retelling the author transforms Malory's fifteenth-century work into a dramatic modern story, vividly bringing to life a world of courage and chivalry, magic, and majesty. The golden age of Camelot, the perilous search for the Holy Grail, the love of Guinevere and Lancelot, and the treachery of Arthur's son Mordred are all rendered into contemporary prose
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Alternative Names
Ackroyd, Peter
Ackroyd, Peter R.
Akroĭd, Piter, 1949-
Akroids, Pīters, 1949-
Akrojd, Piter.
Ekroids, Pīters, 1949-
Peter Ackroyd
Акройд, Питер, 1949-
アクロイド, ピーター
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