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Bemrose, John. “The Nation Within.” Maclean's (10 August 1992): 47.

A positive review of English Music.

Davenport, Gary. “Tradition and the English Novel.” Sewanee Review 102, No. 2 (Spring 1994): 326-33.

A negative review of English Music.

Gray, Paul. “Mark Ahead to the Past: The Plato Papers Imagines the View from the 3700s.” Time (31 January 2000): 68.

A review of The Plato Papers.

Koos, Leonard R. “Missing Persons: Cherokee's Parrot and Chatterton's Poet.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 23, No. 2 (Summer 1999): 315-29.

Moran, Joe. “‘Simple Words’: Peter Ackroyd's Autobiography of Oscar Wilde.” Biography 22, No. 3 (Summer 1999): 356-69.

Discusses the confluence of biography and literary invention in The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde and addresses Ackroyd's treatment of Wilde's conflicted identity as a celebrity, homosexual, and artist.

Onega, Susana. Metafiction and Myth in the Novels of Peter Ackroyd. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1999, 214 p.

A book-length critical study of Ackroyd's novels.

Sutherland, John. “After Mouldwarp: Peter Ackroyd's Novel Is Set in a Future that Curiously Resembles the Ancient Past.” New York Times Book Review (6 February 2000): 7.

A review of The Plato Papers.

Totaro, Rebecca. Review of The Life of Thomas More, by Peter Ackroyd. Utopian Studies 11, No. 1 (Winter 2000): 132.

Offers a favorable assessment of The Life of Thomas More, but notes that serious More scholars will find shortcomings in Ackroyd's incorporation of dubious and unattributed sources.

Additional coverage of Ackroyd's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 123, and 127; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 51, and 74; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 155; and Major 20th-Century Writers, Edition 1.

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