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Poet, painter, engraver and visionary, Blake's was a radical spirit fired by genius. Yet his life has remained an enigma. In this magnificent biography Peter Ackroyd discloses the true nature of William Blake's life and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 30mm | 381.02g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24pp plates, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, colour photographs
  • 0749391766
  • 9780749391768
  • 144,112

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"Marvellous...deeply moving and radiant with detail... What makes Ackroyd so exceptional among biographers is the range and beauty of his knowledge.This is a book to go out and buy at once" Observer "Exhilarating...has all the hypnotic power and psychological intensity of a dream-fiction" Daily Telegraph "Glowing and engaged...will send many readers back to the poems enriched" -- John Carey Sunday Times "Taut, lucid and intelligent...will surely stand as a classic of the genre" Harpers & Queenshow more

About Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to more

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