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Peter Ackroyd (1949-) Biography

Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Work in Progress


Born 1949, in London, England; Education: Clare College, Cambridge, M.A., 1971; attended Yale University, 1971-73.

Agent—Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd., 43 Doughty St., London WC1N 2LF, England.

Writer. Spectator, London, England, literary editor, 1973-77, managing editor, 1977-81; Times (London, England), television critic, 1977-81, chief book reviewer, 1986—. Commentator for radio in England.

Royal Society of Literature (fellow).


The Beginning, Dorling Kindersley (London, England), 2003.

Escape from Earth, Dorling Kindersley (London, England), 2003.

Ancient Egypt, Dorling Kindersley (London, England), 2004.


Ouch, Curiously Strong Press (London, England), 1971.

London Lickpenny (also see below), Ferry Press (London, England), 1973.

Country Life (also see below), Ferry Press (London, England), 1978.

The Diversions of Purley, and Other Poems (contains poems from London Lickpenny and Country Life), Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1987.


The Great Fire of London, Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1982.

The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1983.

Hawksmoor, Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1985, Harper & Row (New York, NY), 1986.

Chatterton, Grove Press (New York, NY), 1988.

First Light, Viking Penguin (New York, NY), 1989.

English Music, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 1992.

The House of Doctor Dee, Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1993, Penguin (New York, NY), 1994.

Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, Sinclair-Stevenson (London, England), 1994, published as The Trial of Elizabeth Cree: A Novel of the Limehouse Murders, Nan A. Talese (New York, NY), 1997.

Milton in America, Nan A. Talese (New York, NY), 1997.

The Plato Papers: A Prophecy, Nan A. Talese (New York, NY), 2000.

The Clerkenwell Tales, Chatto & Windus (New York, NY), 2003, Nan A. Talese (New York, NY), 2004.


Notes for a New Culture: An Essay on Modernism, Barnes & Noble (New York, NY), 1976.

Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag: The History of an Obsession, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1979.

Ezra Pound and His World, Charles Scribner (New York, NY), 1981.

T. S. Eliot: A Life, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1984.

(Editor) PEN New Fiction, Quartet Books (London, England), 1984.

Dickens, Sinclair-Stevenson (London, England), 1990, HarperPerennial (New York, NY), 1992.

Introduction to Dickens, Sinclair-Stevenson (London, England), 1991, Ballantine (New York, NY), 1992.

Blake, Sinclair-Stevenson (London, England), 1995.

(Editor) Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, G. K. Hall (Thorndike, ME), 1995.

The Life of Thomas More, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 1998.

London: The Biography, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 2000.

The Collection, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 2001.

Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (New York, NY), 2003.

Illustrated London, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 2003.

Chaucer, Chatto & Windus (London, England), 2004.


The Mystery of Charles Dickens, first produced in London, England, 2000, produced at Belasco Theater, New York, NY, 2002.

Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion (audio cassette), British Broadcasting Corporation (London, England), 2002.


Contributor of short story, "The Inheritance," to the anthology London Tales, edited by Julian Evans, Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1983. Author of introduction, Dickens' London: An Imaginative Vision, Headline (London, England), 1987, and Frank Auerbach, Recent Works, Marlborough (New York, NY), 1994. Contributor of numerous book reviews to periodicals, including New York Times Book Review.

More volumes in the "Voyages through Time" series; a biography of William Shakespeare for adults.

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