Peter Ackroyd

Born Oct 5, 1949

Peter Ackroyd CBE 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, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and Sir Thomas More he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.… Read More

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    Huffington Post - Nov 27, 2012
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    Huffington Post - Apr 24, 2012
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    NYTimes - Nov 13, 2011


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1949 Birth Born on October 5, 1949.


1972 22 Years Old In 1972, he was a Mellon fellow at Yale University. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old He worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978, a position he held until 1982. … Read More


1982 32 Years Old In 1982 he published The Great Fire of London, his first novel, which is a reworking of Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit. … Read More
1984 34 Years Old 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. … Read More
1989 39 Years Old In an interview with Patrick McGrath in 1989, Ackroyd said: … Read More


1994 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1994 he was interviewed about the London Psychogeographical Association in an article for The Observer, in which he remarked: I truly believe that there are certain people to whom or through whom the territory, the place, the past speaks.... … Read More
1999 49 Years Old In 1999 he suffered a heart attack and was placed in a medically induced coma for a week.


2004 54 Years Old In a 2004 interview Ackroyd said that he had not been in a relationship since Kuhn's death and was "very happy being celibate."
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