Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is noted for the volume of work he has produced, the range of styles therein, his skill at assuming different voices, and t… [7], From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six-book non-fiction series (Voyages Through Time), intended for readers as young as eight, his first work for children. Peter Aykroyd was born in 1955 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Peter Hugh Aykroyd. I can't bear fiction. Peter Ackroyd, CBE, FRSL (born 5 October 1949) is an English biographer, novelist and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. "[9], Ackroyd had a long-term relationship with Brian Kuhn, an American dancer he met while at Yale.

Ackroyd was forced to think of new methods of biography writing in T. S. Eliot when he was told he couldn't quote extensively from Eliot's poetry and unpublished letters. Looking for something to watch? He is noted for the volume of work he has produced, the range of styles therein, his skill at assuming different voices, and the depth of his research. 'Cultists' Go Round in Circles', Barry Hugill, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature, British Book Awards Illustrated Book of the Year, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, "Peter Ackroyd: 'Retire? Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. 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.

After a nervous breakdown in the late 1980s, Ackroyd moved to Devon with Kuhn.

", Ackroyd said, "I think William Blake is the most powerful and most significant philosopher or thinker in the course of English history." [6], In 1997, Peter Aykroyd and Jim Belushi provided the voices of Elwood Blues and Jake Blues for the cartoon The Blues Brothers: Animated Series, reprising the roles made famous by their respective brothers Dan and John. I hate it.

Peter Ackroyd, (born October 5, 1949, London, England), British novelist, critic, biographer, and scholar whose technically innovative novels present an unconventional view of history. Hawksmoor, winner of both the Whitbread Novel Award[4] and the Guardian Fiction Prize, was inspired by Iain Sinclair's poem "Lud Heat" (1975), which speculated on a mystical power from the positioning of the six churches Nicholas Hawksmoor built. Often this theme is explored through the city's artists, especially its writers: Oscar Wilde in The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), a fake autobiography of Wilde; Nicholas Hawksmoor, Sir Christopher Wren and Sir John Vanbrugh in Hawksmoor (1985); Thomas Chatterton and George Meredith in Chatterton (1987); John Dee in The House of Dr Dee (1993); Dan Leno, Karl Marx, George Gissing and Thomas De Quincey in Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994); John Milton in Milton in America (1996); Charles Lamb in The Lambs of London. Peter Hugh Aykroyd (born July 1, 1955) is a Canadian actor, comedian and writer. Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd on Haunted Happenings! He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, 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 Prize for Literature. [3] Along with his older brother he was in the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. His wife, Lorraine, preceded him two years ago this past February. Our condolences to Dan, his brothers, his family, and Peter’s many many friends. Ackroyd was born in London and raised on a council estate in East Acton, in what he has described as a "strict" Roman Catholic household by his mother and grandmother, after his father disappeared from the family home.

[3] In 1972, he was a Mellon fellow at Yale University. Manressa Castle/Viewer Phone Calls/Anatomy of a Haunting, What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast.