Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination
An exciting new book from the acclaimed author of the magnificent London: The Biography.
This book covers the whole of English cultural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day -- from the Venerable Bede through English myths such as the legends about King Arthur and Albion to C.S. Lewis; from Chaucer through Spencer to George Eliot; from the English mystics through the philosopher Locke to Iris Murdoch; from Purcell through Elgar to Michael Tippett; from Hogarth through Constable to Turner; from mystery plays through Shakespeare to music hall.
Peter Ackroyd's favourite themes are here: the visionary poetry of Blake, the theatrical novels of Dickens, the humanism of Thomas More -- and there are also explorations of forgery and plagiarism, Romanticism, artificiality, farce and pantomime, assimilation and energy. The author leads the reader through a labyrinth in one of the most exuberant books to be published this year.
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Review: Albion: The Origins of the English ImaginationUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
I've read a half dozen or so books by Peter Ackroyd and never tire of his lively style and command of historical fact. Specifically I have read his books about London and about the Thames River, so I ... Read full review
Review: Albion: The Origins of the English ImaginationUser Review - Claudia Gray - Goodreads
Reading this book is like sitting next to the smartest person you've ever met while that person is blazingly, roaringly drunk. There are countless fascinating facts, inspired connections, and ... Read full review
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