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Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination

Peter Ackroyd

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ISBN 10: 0385497733 / ISBN 13: 9780385497732
Published by Anchor, 2004
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Title: Albion: The Origins of the English ...

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination. To tell the story of its evolution, Ackroyd ranges across literature and painting, philosophy and science, architecture and music, from Anglo-Saxon times to the twentieth-century. Considering what is most English about artists as diverse as Chaucer, William Hogarth, Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf, Ackroyd identifies a host of sometimes contradictory elements: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a passion for the past, a delight in eccentricity, and much more. A brilliant, engaging and often surprising narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.

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“Ackroyd covers not only literature but art, architecture, music and almost everything else that has passed through the minds of the English...just one damn interesting thing after another.” -- Sunday Times

“Albion is an explosion, full of particles whizzing through air...crammed, digressive, learned, knotted.” -- Daily Telegraph
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