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Peter Ackroyd (1)

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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. (Bowker Author Biography) Peter Ackroyd is the award-winning author of four biographies, most recently the national bestseller "The Life of Thomas More", as well as ten novels, including "Chatterton" & "Hawksmoor". He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book, "London: The Biography. (Publisher Provided) Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in London. (Publisher Provided)
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London: The Biography 2,978 copies, 46 reviews
Hawksmoor 1,740 copies, 37 reviews
Shakespeare: The Biography 1,151 copies, 18 reviews
The Life of Thomas More 1,076 copies, 14 reviews
London Under 836 copies, 45 reviews
Blake 833 copies, 12 reviews
Chatterton 822 copies, 15 reviews
The Lambs of London 821 copies, 33 reviews
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem 819 copies, 24 reviews
The Clerkenwell Tales 781 copies, 22 reviews
The House of Doctor Dee 771 copies, 20 reviews
Thames: Sacred River 765 copies, 15 reviews
Tudors: The History of England 713 copies, 15 reviews
Dickens 691 copies, 10 reviews
Venice: Pure City 547 copies, 12 reviews
The Plato Papers 465 copies, 13 reviews
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling 436 copies, 10 reviews
English Music 433 copies, 4 reviews
First Light 424 copies, 8 reviews
T.S. Eliot: A Life 422 copies, 4 reviews
The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde 391 copies, 5 reviews
The Fall of Troy 381 copies, 15 reviews
Milton in America 345 copies, 6 reviews
Poe: A Life Cut Short 314 copies, 12 reviews
Chaucer 284 copies, 8 reviews
Dickens (abridged) 239 copies, 2 reviews
The Great Fire of London 184 copies, 2 reviews
The Death of King Arthur (Adapter, some editions; Adapter) 182 copies
Dominion 173 copies, 2 reviews
The Collection 158 copies, 2 reviews
Newton 151 copies, 9 reviews
J.M.W. Turner 150 copies, 3 reviews
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life 126 copies, 8 reviews
The English Ghost 126 copies, 7 reviews
Three Brothers: A Novel 124 copies, 9 reviews
Wilkie Collins 112 copies, 8 reviews
Illustrated London 80 copies, 2 reviews
Ezra Pound 62 copies
The Beginning 58 copies
Mr Cadmus 50 copies, 3 reviews
Cities of Blood 48 copies
The Diversions of Purley 34 copies, 1 review
Kingdom of the Dead 32 copies, 1 review
Ancient Rome 29 copies
Ancient Greece 20 copies, 1 review
Country Life 4 copies
P.E.N. new fiction I 2 copies, 1 review
Londres 1 copy
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Introduction, some editions) 34,255 copies, 569 reviews
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Introduction, some editions) 28,712 copies, 159 reviews
The Canterbury Tales (Translator, some editions) 19,613 copies, 154 reviews
Paradise Lost (Preface, some editions) 11,969 copies, 97 reviews
The Sign of Four (Introduction, some editions) 4,428 copies, 148 reviews
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (Introduction) 2,398 copies, 82 reviews
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (Foreword, some editions) 1,368 copies, 15 reviews
The Haunted House (Foreword, some editions) 338 copies, 14 reviews
A Rogue's Life (Foreword, some editions) 217 copies, 6 reviews
Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of Martinus… (Foreword, some editions) 173 copies, 5 reviews
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (Contributor) 160 copies, 1 review
London: A Pilgrimage (Introduction, some editions) 135 copies
The Worst Street in London (Foreword, some editions) 90 copies, 1 review
A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare (Introduction & Commentaries) 70 copies, 1 review
Table Talk (Foreword, some editions) 53 copies, 1 review

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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is the author of London Under and the bestselling London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. He has won a number of accolades including the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. He holds a CBE for services to literature (The Browser).

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