The Origins of the English Imagination
By (author) Peter Ackroyd
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Albion by Peter Ackroyd
Book DescriptionHighly original and magnificent in scope, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination discovers the roots of English cultural history in the Anglo-Saxon period, and traces it through the centuries. What does it mean to be English? This dazzling book demonstrates that a quintessentially English quality can be discovered in all forms of English culture, not only in literature but also in painting, music, architecture, philosophy and science. Just as London: The Biography guided the reader through the capital city with a mixture of narrative and theme, so Albion, employing the same techniques, engages the reader with stories and surprises - From Beowulf to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, via Chaucer and Shakespeare, to the Bronte sisters, Alice through the Looking Glass and Lord of the Rings Witty, provocative and anecdotal, this is Peter Ackroyd at his most brilliant and exuberant.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099438076
(234mm x 153mm x 40mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd has written acclaimed biographies of Wilkie Collins, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Shakespeare and Thomas More, as well as short books about Chaucer, J.M.W. Turner, Isaac Newton and Edgar Allan Poe. A bestselling biographer, historian, novelist and broadcaster, he holds a CBE for services to literature. He is the author of the London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River, and lives in London
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