I have just finished Peter Ackroyd's Turner in the Brief Lives series. I know that he has written many biographies, but this is my first. I have ambiguous feelings towards this book. On the one hand it feels like an encyclopedia article; being full of information written quite compact. On the other hand, the author have take an erudite approach and try to beautify the language. These two approaches seems to be contradictions and thus I am not quite sure how to make an opinion on the contents.
The book seems to lack an aim, but I suppose that is due to its short length. Over all it was a just a quick read and I know a bit more aboutJoseph Mallord William Turner.