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Peter Ackroyd THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback of THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE by Peter Ackroyd and published by Chatto & Windus Ltd., London, in 1998. Signed by Ackroyd on the title page. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (clean black cloth boards and gilt lettering, minor rubbing to edges) with slight wear to the dust jacket, which is price clipped (light creasing to edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Peter Ackroyd is the author of London: The Biography; Shakespeare: The Biography, Thames: The Biography; and Venice: Pure City; acclaimed biographies of T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; and several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.

"Thomas More is one of the great figures in English history, but his life and career bear little resemblance to the myth of the saint or of the 'man for all seasons'. In this remarkable new biography Peter Ackroyd reveals a man more troubled and more perplexing than that of any previous account.

More was the most brilliant Englishman of his age, but one who remained guarded and silent in the matters that most concerned him. He was an eminent lawyer who wore a hair shirt and who, in the privacy of his library, whipped himself. More was a man of the Renaissance, the author of Utopia and a supporter of the new learning; but he was also a profound traditionalist who gave his life in the service of the old faith.

He was a man of great spirituality and deep piety; yet he was an ambitious and successful careerist who, as Lord Chancellor, dominated the court of Henry VIII. A magnificent achievement, The Life of Thomas More brings us closer to a man who has remained an enigma for 500 years. It offers a portrait as decisive as Holbein's famous drawing, while also brilliantly recreating the conditions of Catholic England at the end of the fifteenth century."

'Superb....Ackroyd describes the London More knew, the ferment of humanism to which he contributed, and the contemporary appeal of Catholicism.' -- The New Yorker

'Brilliantly conceived....Ackroyd's vividly human More is...imperfect yet inspiring.'--Time

'A masterly new biography. It must be a candidate for book of the year' -- Observer

434 pages.

ISBN: 1 85619 711 5

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