By Peter Ackroyd
Together with his attribute enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an encouraged investigate the center and the heritage of the English mind's eye. to inform the tale of its evolution, Ackroyd levels throughout literature and portray, philosophy and technological know-how, structure and song, from Anglo-Saxon instances to the twentieth-century. contemplating what's so much English approximately artists as different as Chaucer, William Hogarth, Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf, Ackroyd identifies a number of occasionally contradictory components: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a fondness for the earlier, a relish eccentricity, and lots more and plenty extra. a super, attractive and infrequently marvelous narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.
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Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd