Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.76 × 5.03 × 1.14 in
Published: March 1, 2012
Publisher: INTERLINK PUBLISHING
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1566565375
ISBN - 13: 9781566565370
About the Book
Drawing upon extracts from contemporary letters, diaries and memoirs of fascinating inhabitants and visitors, this anthology tells the story of the city from its earliest years up to the present day. Illustrations & maps.
From the Publisher
Loved and hated in equal measure, London was for centuries literally the world's greatest city. Its citizens have seen everything from pilgrimages, celebrations, acts of heroism and moments of religious contemplation to riots, executions, grisly murders and disastrous fires. This anthology is a history of work and capital, of power and exuberance, and of great creativity from a rich host of artists and writers, Pepys and Dickens among them, but also of violent crime, exploitation, loneliness and extreme hardship
About the Author
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.