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  • Author:
    Ackroyd, Peter
  • Publisher:
    Chatto & Windus, London, 2002
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The Origins of the English Imagination First edition, 2002. Hardback. xxii, 516pp. Dust jacket in a protective sleeve. Highly original and magnificent in scope. This book discovers the roots of English cultural history in the Anglo-Saxon period and traces it through the centuries. This dazzling book demonstrates that a quintessentially English quality can be discovered in all forms of English culture, not only in literature but also in painting, music, architecture, philosophy and science. Just as "London: The Biography" guided the reader through the capital city with a mixture of narrative and theme, so "Albion", employing the same techniques, engages the reader with stories and surprises - from Beowulf to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, via Chaucer and Shakespeare, to the Bronte sisters, "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Lord of the Rings". The book moves from medieval mystery plays to music hall and pantomime: painting is here with Hogarth and Turner: and music with Purcell and Vaughan Williams. Even the English obsession with gardening is represented. A witty and provocative book. Illustrated with a section of photographs. Book in very good condition. A little light spotting/soiling to text block edges. Very clean and bright internally. Dust jacket near fine. Price clipped and a little colour fade to the spine.
  • Our price: £10.00

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