Search Results: "Peter Ackroyd"


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TUDORS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid multivolume popular history: readable, entirely nonrevisionist and preoccupied by politics, religion and monarchs—a worthy rival to Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples."
Prolific British novelist, biographer and critic Ackroyd launches the second volume of his sweeping history less than two years after beginning with Foundation (2012). Read full book review >

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LONDON by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Somewhat rarefied, but a splendid tribute to the great metropolis."
An impressionistic history of England's capital city, by British novelist/biographer Ackroyd (The Plato Papers, 2000, etc.), who knows his subject well and writes about it with considerable passion. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A comprehensive look at Chaplin the man but lacking as a portrait of the artist and his legacy."
The life of a great filmmaker and lousy human being. Read full book review >

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THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A questionable mishmash of cultural, scientific, literary, psychological and political material gives birth to an atmospheric but unnatural doppelgänger to Shelley's classic."
Prolific literary polymath Ackroyd (Poe, 2009, etc.) rearranges the original gothic horror story of ambition gone awry into a blend of autobiography and history. Read full book review >

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THREE BROTHERS by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"At times humdrum and perfunctory, at others fantastical, this genre-spanning novel offers lightweight bookish entertainment."
The prize-winning British novelist, biographer and critic's intriguing if inconsistent latest is a stew of family saga, murder mystery, political conspiracy and tableau of London's history. Read full book review >

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J.M.W. TURNER by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2006

"A short biography, but one no less satisfying for the wide-ranging erudition Ackroyd brings to the task."
An acutely limned miniature of J.M.W. Turner (1775-51), whose watercolors, engravings and spectacular oils mark him as England's greatest painter of air, earth and water. Read full book review >

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CHAUCER by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"A splendid introduction to a pivotal figure in the history of English literature. (21 b&w illustrations)"
The first in a new series, Ackroyd Brief Lives, offers a fascinating portrait of the man who has been called the father of English poetry. Read full book review >

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THE PLATO PAPERS by Peter Ackroyd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"One of his most satisfying books."
The intellectual legacy of Platonic philosophy takes on entertaining new life in this sophisticated and very funny fable by the protean British author (The Life of Thomas More, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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VENICE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A loving yet clear-eyed celebration of the enigmatic icon on the Adriatic."
The indefatigable chronicler of his native England's culture looks overseas to the magical Italian city on a lagoon. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

A vividly evocative portrait of the lawyer and statesman who was "the King's good servant, but God's first," from award- winning biographer and novelist Ackroyd (Blake, 1996; T.S. Eliot, 1984; etc.) Read full book review >

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ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >

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THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2009

"A not-very-illuminating updating of Chaucer's Tales."
Continuing his apparent mission to refract the whole of English culture and history through his personal lens, Ackroyd (Thames: The Biography, 2008, etc.) offers an all-prose rendering of Chaucer's mixed-media masterpiece. Read full book review >