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Aubrey’s Brief Lives
  • ISBN: 9781784870331
  • Pages: 560
  • Edited by: Oliver Lawson Dick
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

Aubrey’s Brief Lives

John Aubrey
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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.

Collected here are all of Aubrey’s biographical writings, a series of unforgettable portraits of the characters of his day, still more alive and kicking than in any conventional work of history.



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‘My head’, John Aubrey once said, ‘was always working, never idle, and even travelling did glean some observations, some whereof are to be valued.’ No doubt at all about that, even if, as he...

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