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novel, pamphlet, drama, ocherk
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Clare College, Yale University
occupation: poet, writer, literary historian, historian, novelist, playwright, literary critic, biographer, prosaist
award received: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Peter Ackroyd, (born 5 October 1949) is an English biographer, novelist and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. For his novels about English history and culture and his biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot, Charles Chaplin and Sir Thomas More, he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. He is noted for the volume of work he has produced, the range of styles therein, his skill at assuming different voices, and the depth of his research.
He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.
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