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Peter Ackroyd
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  • About this Author
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Peter Ackroyd is the author of London: The Biography; Shakespeare: The Biography, Thames: The Biography; and Venice: Pure City; acclaimed biographies of T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; and several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature.

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Albion
The Origins of the English Imagination
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $19.95

With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination. To tell the story of its evolution, Ackroyd ranges across literature and painting, philosophy and science, architecture and music, from Anglo-Saxon times to... Read more >
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Albion
The Origins of the English Imagination
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $15.99

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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
A Novel
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $11.99

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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
A Novel
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95

From the incomparable Peter Ackroyd: a brilliant re-imagination of the classic tale that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries.

Victor Frankenstein, a researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley form an unlikely friendship as first-years at Oxford. Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and... Read more >
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October 28, 2014
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Charlie Chaplin
A Brief Life
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $25.95

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Charlie Chaplin
A Brief Life
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $12.99

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Chaucer
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 18, 2005
Price: $19.95

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and... Read more >
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Chaucer
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Clerkenwell Tales

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $9.99

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The Clerkenwell Tales

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $13.95

From the foremost contemporary chronicler of London’s history, a suspenseful novel that ingeniously draws on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to recreate the city’s 14th century religious and political intrigues.

London, 1399. Sister Clarice, a nun born below Clerkenwell convent, is predicting the death of King Richard II and the demise of... Read more >
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The Fall of Troy

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95

In The Fall of Troy, acclaimed novelist and historian Peter Ackroyd creates a fascinating narrative that follows an archaeologist's obsession with finding the ruins of Troy, depicting the blurred line between truth and deception.

Obermann, an acclaimed German scholar, fervently believes that his discovery of the ancient ruins of Troy will prove... Read more >
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J.M.W. Turner
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $15.99

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The Lambs of London

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $12.95

From the author of Chatterton and Shakespeare: A Biography comes a gripping novel set in London that re-imagines an infamous 19th-century Shakespeare forgery.

Charles and Mary Lamb, who will in time achieve lasting fame as the authors of Tales from Shakespeare for Children, are still living at home, caring for their... Read more >
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The Lambs of London

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The Life of Thomas More

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $18.50

Now in paperback. A New York Times 1998 Notable Book of the Year. England's famous "man for all seasons" comes to vivid life in this dramatic new biography by acclaimed novelist and biographer Peter Ackroyd. This book reveals an unexpected side of More's character (a preference for bawdy humor) as well... Read more >
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The Life of Thomas More

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 27, 2012
Price: $12.99

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London
A Biography
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 23, 2009
Price: $16.99

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London Under
The Secret History Beneath the Streets
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.00

In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.

There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the... Read more >
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London Under
The Secret History Beneath the Streets
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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London
A Biography
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $22.00

“This magnificent evocation of all that London has meant down the centuries... I cannot begin to describe the richness with which Ackroyd pursues his theme... A blend of virtuosity and deep affection that is truly bewitching. Ackroyd has performed a noble public service in preserving in these pages so many centuries... Read more >
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Milton in America

Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: April 25, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Newton
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: April 15, 2008
Price: $13.99

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The Plato Papers
A Novel
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $15.00

From the imagination of one of the most brilliant writers of our time and bestselling author of The Life of Thomas More, a novel that playfully imagines how the "modern" era might appear to a thinker seventeen centuries hence.

At the turn of the 38th century, London's greatest orator, Plato, is known... Read more >
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The Plato Papers
A Novel
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Poe
A Life Cut Short
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $22.95

Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy. His... Read more >
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