Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949 and educated at St. Benedict’s School, Ealing. He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge with a Double First in English and then won a research fellowship to study at Yale University from 1971-73. At Cambridge Ackroyd’s main interest was poetry. He claims to have had little interest in fiction and did not start reading novels seriously until he was appointed literary editor at the Spectator, where he was to work from 1973 to 1981. In 1986 he was appointed chief book reviewer of the Times. Today Ackroyd is best known for his six biographies and ten novels, but before his first novel was published he had three collections of poems to his name, Ouch (1971), London …
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Smethurst, Paul. "Peter Ackroyd". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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