The collection

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Chatto & Windus, Nov 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 465 pages
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A fascinating anthology of journalism, lectures, short stories and miscellaneous writing by the author of "London: The Biography."
During the 1970s and early 1980s Peter Ackroyd wrote countless book reviews and articles for the Spectator on
literature, film and a number of social issues. "The Collection" offers a selection of these incisive and witty pieces. In them, Ackroyd first explored the ideas that he would later develop in his novels and biographies. The articles from various publications in the 1980s and 1990s also throw interesting light on Ackroyd's books and reveal his attitudes to literature and art. Included here are long pieces on Walter Pater and William Morris, as well as lectures on the Englishness of English literature, Blake and radicalism, and the nature of time. "The Collection" also contains articles on the work of contemporary painters and much previously unpublished material. The short stories in this volume date from every period of Ackroyd's writing career; one of them is Ackroyd's first published work of fiction.

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Peter Ackroyd: The Collection: Journalism, Reviews, Essays, Short Stories, Lectures

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This volume gathers together many of the short writings of critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writer Ackroyd (London: The Biography, as well as biographies of Dickens, Blake, and Thomas ... Read full review

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Very interesting, and for the most part an enjoyable read although some pieces were a bit too "high brow" for me - I found the pieces on poetry particularly challenging, having very, very little ... Read full review


Fictions and Satires R T Chapman
English Literature and Irish Politics Matthew Arnold
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Peter Ackroyd’s masterpiece London: The Biography was published in 2000 to critical acclaim and commercial
success. An award-winning biographer and a novelist, he has won a Somerset Maugham Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Thomas Wright edited Table Talk Oscar Wilde, the first English anthology of Oscar Wilde’s spoken stories. He was Peter Ackroyd’s researcher on a number of his recent projects.

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