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This is an auction for THE LAMBS OF LONDON by Peter Ackroyd.

"Author of such acclaimed historical novels as Hawksmoor (1986) and Chatterton (1988), this British master of the genre carefully weaves another gorgeously textured fictional narrative based in historical fact and on historical figures. The famous late-nineteenth-century English essayist Charles Lamb is the focal point around which Ackroyd tells a stylish, intelligent, and suspenseful tale. Into its major theme, the authenticity of historical documents, he spins a secondary theme of domestic disharmony and eroding personalities behind seemingly ordinary middle-class doors. Charles Lamb is seen here as a young man launched on a writing career but still tethered to his clerk's job at London's East India Company. Another young man, William Ireland (also an actual person), befriends Charles and Charles' frustrated sister, Mary. William Ireland works in his father's antiquarian bookstore, and simultaneous to his stepping into the Lambs' domestic universe, he finds himself the almost accidental owner of a treasure trove of Shakespearean documents, including the text of a lost play. Dissembling is practiced as an art form in this novel, leading the reader on a delicious quest to learn the true story of the Shakespeare manuscripts. Marvelous, sophisticated entertainment, with special appeal for admirers of Henry James' immaculate novella The Aspern Papers."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

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Hardback 2004.

216 pages.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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