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Peter Ackroyd was educated at Cambridge and Yale universities. His journalism has included reviews of both films and TV programs, and for some years he was literary editor of the SPECTATOR. He is now chief nonfiction book reviewer for THE LONDON TIMES. He has published poetry and criticism, as well as fiction and biography. His first novel, THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON, was followed by several works of fiction, including THE LAST TESTAMENT OF OSCAR WILDE (for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1984), HAWKSMOOR (winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award), CHATTERTON (short-listed for the Booker Prize), DAN LEO AND THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, MILTON IN AMERICA, and THE PLATO PAPERS. His biographies are EZRA POUND AND HIS WORLD, T. S. ELIOT (which won the Whitbread Biography Award and the Royal Society of Authors William Heinemann Award), DICKENS (short-listed for the NCR Book Award for 1991), BLAKE: A BIOGRAPHY, and THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE (awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize). He is also the author of DICKENS: PUBLIC LIFE AND PRIVATE PASSION, the companion to this TV series.

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