Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination

Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination

Peter Ackroyd


along with his attribute enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an encouraged inspect the guts and the heritage of the English mind's eye. to inform the tale of its evolution, Ackroyd levels throughout literature and portray, philosophy and technology, structure and song, from Anglo-Saxon instances to the twentieth-century. contemplating what's such a lot English approximately artists as assorted as Chaucer, William Hogarth, Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf, Ackroyd identifies a bunch of occasionally contradictory parts: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a keenness for the previous, a savour eccentricity, and masses extra. a super, enticing and sometimes staggering narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.

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