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The Life of Thomas More [Paperback]

Peter Ackroyd
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Amazon Review

Peter Ackroyd is the quintessential London writer. His wonderful biography of Dickens was lit not only by his love and understanding of the writer, but also of the city which Dickens made his own. Recent novels such as The House of Doctor Dee and Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem may have taken liberties with historical fact, but their London is a fascinating, pulsating place, more their true protagonist than their eponymous heroes.

Thomas More is a prime candidate for the London treatment. Born in the city, with a life of official city duties at a time when London was highly distinct from Westminster and the court, he imbued his writings (especially Richard III and his print debate with Tyndale) with a real sense of London's uniqueness. Ackroyd's treatment is thus both apposite and, of course, highly readable. He possesses a real gift for making dry history come alive with telling detail and vivid swathes of local colour. But while the new angle might imply a new understanding of the man, ultimately, the picture is overly familiar. Ackroyd's More comes out looking very much like Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons More--a hinge between dark medievalism and modern secular conscience. Only this time he has an inner London postcode. --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A masterly new biography. It must be a candidate for book of the year" (Observer)

"Mr. Ackroyd skilfully captures the life of a consummate lawyer, humanist, martyr and Renaissance man" (National Law Journal)

"Exquisite... [Ackroyd has] a sense of history and a wonderful command of the English language... Highly recommendable" (Library Journal)

"A limpidly written and superbly wrought portrait" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Frank and masterful... [Ackroyd has a] gift for describing what it all looked and felt like" (Baltimore Sun)

Book Description

The story of one of the greatest minds of the English Renaissance told by the best literary biographer of our time.

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, Wilkie Collins and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, 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 Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
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