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Brief Lives : First Person Singular - John Aubrey

Brief Lives

First Person Singular

By: John Aubrey, Richard Barber (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th April 2009
ISBN: 9781843831129
Number Of Pages: 336

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John Aubrey's racy portraits of the great figures of 17th-century England stand alongside Pepys's 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.

ISBN: 9781843831129
ISBN-10: 1843831120
Series: First Person Singular
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th April 2009
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: New edition