The Origins of the English Imagination
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385497732, 576pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2004
“An ingenious essay in cultural anthropology.”--The New York Times Book Review
“Beguiling. . . . A hugely readable book. . . . Pick it up whenever you need, open it wherever you like, read as much as you want with profit and pleasure.”--The Wall Street Journal
"This work could have been produced only by the liveliest of intellects, drawing on an astonishing depth of experience. Ackroyd in his own writing demonstrates the quality of the English imagination." --The Spectator
"As ever, where Ackroyd excels is in the patient accumulation of suggestive detail or sudden descent unto a distinctive corner of the English world." --The Independent