April 1, 2003
April 1, 2003
Here are two thousand years of London’s history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures. Blackfriar’s and Charing Cross, Paddington and Bedlam. Westminster Abbey and St. Martin in the Fields. Cockneys and vagrants. Immigrants, peasants, and punks. The Plague, the Great Fire, the Blitz. London at all times of day and night, and in all kinds of weather. In well-chosen anecdotes, keen observations, and the words of hundreds of its citizens and visitors, Ackroyd reveals the ingenuity and grit and vitality of London. Through a unique thematic tour of the physical city and its inimitable soul, the city comes alive.
The city of London, which has been the setting for many of Peter Ackroyd's novels and biographies, is the subject of this far-ranging portrait. An unorthodox history, LONDON: THE BIOGRAPHY takes the city neighborhood by neighborhood and brings the city to life by means of profiles of its citizens--some famous, some not--as they endure the plague, civil war, the Great Fire of London, and the Blitz. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
- Subgenre: Europe / Great Britain, Historical, Europe / Germany
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Peter Ackroyd
- Online Item #: 11960561
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-3721
- ISBN: 9780385497718
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported