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London Under The Secret History Beneath the Streets

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ISBN-10: 0307473783

ISBN-13: 9780307473783

Edition: N/A

Authors: Peter Ackroyd

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London Underis a wonderful, atmospheric, imagina­tive, oozing short study of everything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts, and modern tube stations. The depths below are hot, warmer than the surface, and this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, real and fictional, that dwell in darkness—rats and eels, mon­sters and ghosts. When the Underground’s Metropolitan Line was opened in 1864, the guards asked for permission to grow beards to protect themselves against the sulfurous fumes, and named their engines after tyrants—Czar, Kaiser, Mogul—and even Pluto, god of the…    
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

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…    

Darkness Visible
Rising Up
Holy Water
Forgotten Streams
Old Man River
The Heart of Darkness
The Pipes of London
The Mole Men
The Deep Lines
Far Under Ground
Buried Secrets
The War Below
Deep Fantasies
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index