Book Albion : The Origins of the English Imagination / Peter Ackroyd.
Publication year: 2004
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780385497732 :
The author of London: The Biography offers an original interpretation of English culture from its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, demonstrating the quintessentially English quality of literature, music, painting, architecture, science, and philosophy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. 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
576 pages : 16 PAGES COLOR & 32 HALFTONES ; 21 cm