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Brief Lives by John Aubrey
Book DescriptionJohn Aubrey's racy portraits of the great figures of 17th-century England stand alongside Pepys' diary as a vivid evocation of the period. Aubrey was born in 1626, the son of a Wiltshire squire; at the age of 26 he inherited a family estate encumbered with debt, and finally went bankrupt in the 1670s. From then on he led a sociable, rootless existence at the houses of friends - from Oxford and the Middle Temple -pursuing the antiquarian studies which had always obsessed him. At his death in 1697, he left a mass of notes and manuscripts, among them the material for "Brief Lives". He never managed to put even a single life into logical order; all we have are the raw materials, scribbled down - 'tumultuously as they occurred to my thoughts'. With this full, modern English edition, which reproduces Aubrey's words as closely as possible, Richard Barber introduces us to Aubrey and his world, tells how the "Lives" came into being and enables many new readers to enjoy this eccentric masterpiece.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843831129
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: The Boydell Press
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Aubrey
Aubrey's Brief Lives, Paperback (April 2016)
John Aubrey was a modest man, a self-styled antiquarian and the man who invented modern biography. His 'lives' of the prominent figures of his generation and the Elizabethan era, including Shakespeare, Milton and Sir Walter Raleigh, have been plundered by historians for centuries for their frankness and fascinating detail.
Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Paperback (August 2014)
This three-volume 1813 compilation contains the manuscript notes which later became famous as John Aubrey's Brief Lives.
Scientific Lives, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by John Aubrey
A companion to "Lives of Eminent Men", this selection from "Brief Lives" includes biographical sketches of scientists, architects and other figures of Aubrey's day.
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