Thames: The Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2008 - History - 528 pages
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In this perfect companion to London: The Biography, Peter Ackroyd once again delves into the hidden byways of history, describing the river's endless allure in a journey overflowing with characters, incidents, and wry observations. Thames: The Biography meanders gloriously, rather like the river itself. In short, lively chapters Ackroyd writes about connections between the Thames and such historical figures as Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, and offers memorable portraits of the ordinary men and women who depend upon the river for their livelihoods. The Thames as a source of artistic inspiration comes brilliantly to life as Ackroyd invokes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley, and other writers, poets, and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.


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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the book because the subject was new to me. The author doesn't know if he is writing a history, a travel book, or a prose poem. He fails at the latter and it blights his history and ... Read full review

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User Review  - philipspires - LibraryThing

Thames: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd purports to offer a sister volume to the highly successful London: The Biography. To a point it succeeds, but in general the feeling of pastiche dominates to ... Read full review

Contents

8
5
The ſhšot of Jlistory
6
Jather Thames
23
of Jade
31
10
39
Shadows and Nepths
40
In the Beginning The Sacred Lines
60
The Battle of the Thames
66
The River of Neath
192
The ſlatural River
221
22
225
A Stream of Pleasure
247
23
254
The Healing Spring
287
The Kšve of
309
River Law The Criminal Element
382

The Sacred River 11
68
15
69
2
85
Holy River Saints of the River
86
Hail Holy River Mother of Grace The Ruins
93
Clemental and qual
109
16
111
The Waters of Life The Leveller
115
18
121
River Boat The Bridges of Contentment and
127
Tunnels of Darkness
155
20
164
The Kšve s
393
An Alternative Topography from Source to Sea
399
The Workers of the River The Natives 43
433
Bibliography
443
66
454
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456
101
459
Index 45
475
SECTION
478
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About the author (2008)

PETER ACKROYD is the author of London: The Biography, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, and Shakespeare: The Biography; acclaimed biographies of T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; thirteen novels; and the series Ackroyd’s Brief Lives. 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. He lives in London.


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