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David LeavittPeter Ackroyd belongs to another age. The author of more than a dozen novels, as well as volumes of poetry, plays and miscellaneous works of nonfiction, he recalls a time when it was commonplace for writers not merely to be prolific but to exhibit a sometimes bewildering catholicity of interest. In addition to biographies of Shakespeare, Dickens, T. S. Eliot and the city of London, he has written a book on transvestism and children's guides to ancient Greece and Rome. Most of his novels are historical, depicting figures as diverse as Milton, Chatterton and Oscar Wilde. Now, in The Fall of Troy, he turns his attention to the 19th-century German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, whose quest to discover the ancient city of Troy becomes the occasion for a novel that is engaging, disturbing, intellectually complex and just a little kitschy.
—The New York Times