Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Shakespeare

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by Peter Ackroyd

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    Nov 2006, 592 pages

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Peter Ackroyd was born in London, England and educated at Clare College, Cambridge; and at Yale. He began his literary career as a poet, before turning to fiction.  Today, he is the bestselling author of at least fourteen novels (often writing with a dual narrative style where the two voices are separated by the centuries), fifteen non-fiction books, various collections and a history series for children.

His best known books include Hawksmoor (winner of the Whitbread Award) and Chatterton (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) His most recent books include The Lambs of London; Shakespeare: The Biography; and J.M.W. Turner, the second biography in the Ackroyd Brief Lives series. He has also written full-scale biographies of Dickens, Blake, and Thomas More and the novels The Clerkenwell Tales, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, Milton in America, and The Plato Papers.

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