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Life of Thomas More

ISBN-10: 0385496931
ISBN-13: 9780385496933
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Description: Peter Ackroyd's The Life of Thomas More is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a renowned statesman; the author of a political fantasy that  gave a name  More...

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List price: $18.50
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Peter Ackroyd's The Life of Thomas More is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a renowned statesman; the author of a political fantasy that  gave a name to a literary genre and a worldview (Utopia); and, most famously, a Catholic martyr and saint. Born into the professional classes, Thomas More applied his formidable intellect and well-placed connections to become the most powerful man in England, second only to the king. As much a work of history as a biography, The Life of Thomas More gives an unmatched portrait of the everyday, religious, and intellectual life of the early sixteenth century. In Ackroyd's hands, this renowned "man for all seasons" emerges in the fullness of his complex humanity; we see the unexpected side of his character--such as his preference for bawdy humor--as well as his indisputable moral courage.

Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949. He graduated from Cambridge University and was a Fellow at Yale (1971-1973). A critically acclaimed and versatile writer, Ackroyd began his career while at Yale, publishing two volumes of poetry. He continued writing poetry until he began delving into historical fiction with The Great Fire of London (1982). A constant theme in Ackroyd's work is the blending of past, present, and future, often paralleling the two in his biographies and novels. Much of Ackroyd's work explores the lives of celebrated authors such as Dickens, Milton, Eliot, Blake, and More. Ackroyd's approach is unusual, injecting imagined material into traditional biographies. In The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), his work takes on an autobiographical form in his account of Wilde's final years. He was widely praised for his believable imitation of Wilde's style. He was awarded the British Whitbread Award for biography in 1984 of T.S. Eliot, and the Whitbread Award for fiction in 1985 for his novel Hawksmoor. Ackroyd currently lives in London and publishes one or two books a year. He still considers poetry to be his first love, seeing his novels as an extension of earlier poetic work.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
This Dark World
Pretty Plays of Childhood
St Anthony's Pigs
Cough Not, Nor Spit
Set on His Book
Duty is the Love of Law
Most Holy Father
We Talk of Letters
If You Want to Laugh
The Wine of Angels
Holy, Holy, Holy!
Craft of the City
Milk and Honey
A Jolly Master-Woman
Kings' Games
The Best Condition of a Society
Wholly a Courtier
He Sat Upon a Throne of Gold
My Poor Mind
Eques Auratus
I Am Like Ripe Shit
Long Persuading and Privy Labouring
Thy Foolish Face
You Are But one Man
Foolish Frantic Books
We Poor Worldly Men of Middle Earth
Infinite Clamour
All the Beasts of the Woods
The Wrath of the King Means Death
The Weeping Time
Peck of Troubles
Call Forth Sir Thomas More
The King is Good Unto Me
Source Notes
Index

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