Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd

By Peter Ackroyd

Along with his attribute enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an encouraged look at the guts and the background of the English mind's eye. to inform the tale of its evolution, Ackroyd levels throughout literature and portray, philosophy and technology, structure and track, from Anglo-Saxon occasions 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 components: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a keenness for the prior, a get pleasure from eccentricity, and masses extra. a super, enticing and sometimes unbelievable narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.

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Teague , Chelsea College : a History (1977) . I n 197 5 new hall s o f residence were begun in Wandsworth . 8 Founde d 188 2 at 'Westfield ' (2-3 Maresfield Terrace; no w 4-6 Maresfield Gardens), the Colleg e purchase d Kidderpor e Hal l (T . Howard , 1840-2 ) i n 1890 . F . R . Morle y Horder, 1928) ; Refectory an d Scienc e Buildin g (1961 ; 1962) . Se e J. Sondheimer , Castle Adamant in Hampstead ( 1983). I n 198 9 Westfield College merged with Queen Mary College. , ccx , 1966 , 332-7) . Partly destroye d 194 0 and 1944 .

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