Showing posts with label Charles Dickens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charles Dickens. Show all posts

04 May 2019

Who is Peter Ackroyd? Biographer, Historian, Poet, Novelist, Etc. Eccentric

Who is Peter Ackroyd?


Hmmm ... let me think.  Is he the guy in the picture?



Nope!  But you're close!  The guy in the picture below is Charles Dickens.  Peter Ackroyd wrote a biography about Dickens.  He also wrote a bio about William Shakespeare, in case the mention about the Charles Dickens bio is not impressive enough.  :)  If that's not impressive enough, then if you like biographies or biographical notes about celebrated, it might interest you to know that he wrote a bunch of books about famous people like Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Isaac Newton and more.  His series is called Ackroyd's Brief Lives.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Peter Ackroyd is an author. A word to describe him? Eccentric. There was another word used to describe him but it wasn’t very complimentary (my opinion), and as such, won’t be mentioned by me.  A few synonyms for eccentric are: odd, bizarre, outlandish, peculiar, weird and strange. Sounds like he lives in Austin, Texas. But he currently resides in England.  Eccentric? I’ll say. He writes using a pen and paper in longhand. That’s insane! Nobody does that anymore!

“It’s just the way I work”, he says.


Well fine then, Mr. Ackroyd. You certainly can’t be accused of not working.  Peter Ackroyd’s body of writings include: poetry, bibliographies of notable persons like T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare, a series of history books for children, a collection of English ghost stories, and several novels. He even retold Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and wrote a libretta for an opera.  His current projects include:  the completion of  six volumes of the History of England, a few more novels, and a biography of Alfred Hitchock.




Where does he find the time?  Uh … that’s all he does, all day and all night.  He says he isn’t much interested in socializing and reserves two Sundays in the month for some interaction with people.  Most of the time, it’s just him and his books.
 Who is Peter Ackroyd? Biographer, Historian, Poet, Novelist, Etc.
Has Mr. Ackroyd written so many books you don’t know where to begin?  Start here: The Trial of Elizabeth Cree Who is Peter Ackroyd? Biographer, Historian, Poet, Novelist, Etc.; a murder mystery, the setting is 1880 Victorian London; a woman is accused of poisoning her husband.

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Reference:
Rosen, Jody. “Man of Many Words: Up Close and Personal with Peter Ackroyd …” T: New York Times Style Magazine 15 Sept. 2013: 110-14. Print. Men’s Fashion Issue, Arts and Letters












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03 October 2017

Gift Shopping? Shop for Gifts in My Gold Mine

If you enjoy online shopping, this site might be of interest to you.  The site is Webnuggetz.com. The site owners describe their site as a place where you can find “gold”. This is a statement from their “About” tab:
“Nuggetz are tidbits of gold you find on the internet.”
The members or web page publishers are mainly of home-based business sellers who have their own stores on Zazzle, Etsy, eBay, etc. and affiliate advertisers or marketers like me.  Feel free to visit my Nuggetz. I have been an active member since 2014 and have published 50+ web pages.  Below is a sampling of some of my suggested gift ideas and a link for you to subscribe to my web page updates. Hope you like what you see in “my gold mine”. :)


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All I Got For Christmas Was a Lousy Christmas Stocking! :(
Kits to make your own Christmas stockings. Isn’t that fabulous idea? 
The product manufacturer contributes to various organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Gwinnett County Women’s Shelter, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the United Way.

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  • Gretta Curran Browne believes she was touched by angel.  She was raised in an orphanage and one of her caretakers, a nun, was certainly her guardian angel.  She gives her credit for becoming a writer because the sister taught here the art of telling a story.  She started her career writing short stories.   Dark Days, Dark Nights : Intro to the Writings of Gretta Curran Browne

  • Don't know many people who don't enjoy the writings of Charles Dickens.  But these two books are murder mysteries that are quick reads which follow the Dickens tradition.  In other words, if you like Dickens you can't help but like these books!   Dickens Junction Mystery Series

  • Gourmet food gifts are on my wishlist every year.  No matter what the event:  birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day.  Give me a food gift to make me happy.  Especially gourmet cheese.  Gourmet Food Gifts : Specialty Cheeses

  • In my house there need not be a season to be a reason to drink tea.  But according to a designated "tea aficionado", he seems to think that one should drink their tea according to the season of the year.   Hmmm?  He might be on to something!   Is a Season Your Reason to Drink Tea?


09 June 2017

A Week of Dickens: Resources on His Life, Works, Walks, and London : Faith, Fiction, Friends (Reblog)

Well my weekend is starting off really well. I should hashtag everything #FabFriday.  First, I found a beautiful flower pic on Tumblr. Then I plucked this gem out of the posts stream for the Authentic Blogger Group on Facebook. This post is sure to delight all lovers and loyal fans of Charles Dickens.  Did you know that if you have an Amazon Kindle, you can buy the entire collection of Dickens' works for $1.99. Good literature that's priceless and inexpensive. Can it get any better? 😄


 

30 July 2015

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day in the USA

Who Cares Who Invented Cheesecake? I do!

Because I want to thank whoever it was that made this lusciously exquisite dessert possible for human consumption!! :)
According to Cheesecake.com, "The first "cheese cake" may have been created on the Greek island of Samos. Physical anthropologists excavated cheese molds there which were dated circa 2,000 B.C." I would just like to modify/paraphrase a quote borrowed from a memorable character as stated in a famous Charles Dickens' novel: "God bless them, each and every one!" :)
I very much agree with , the lady who shared this recipe via Google Plus. Skip dinner! Go straight to the dessert! Many thanks to her also! :)

Labneh Cheesecake with Honeyed Figs

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