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John Aubrey : my own life

Author: Ruth Scurr
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2015]
Series: New York Review Books
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born on the brink of the modern world, John Aubrey was witness to the great intellectual and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. He knew everyone of note in England--writers, philosophers, mathematicians, doctors, astrologers, lawyers, statesmen--and wrote about them all, leaving behind a great gift to posterity: a compilation of biographical information titled Brief Lives, which in a strikingly modest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John Aubrey; John Aubrey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Scurr
ISBN: 9781681370422 1681370425
OCLC Number: 932385722
Notes: John Aubry did not leave a diary. This biography is written in the form that diary might have taken.
Originally published: 2015.
Description: xxiv, 518 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: England's collector --
Wiltshire --
Oxford --
War --
Learning --
Restoration --
Stone, water, fire --
Work --
Surrey --
Penury --
The popish plot --
Brief lives --
More lives and deaths --
Manuscripts --
Transcriptions --
Crepusculum --
Aubrey's afterlife.
Series Title: New York Review Books
Responsibility: Ruth Scurr.
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"Born on the brink of the modern world, John Aubrey was witness to the great intellectual and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. He knew everyone of note in England--writers, philosophers, mathematicians, doctors, astrologers, lawyers, statesmen--and wrote about them all, leaving behind a great gift to posterity: a compilation of biographical information titled Brief Lives, which in a strikingly modest and radical way invented the art of biography. John Aubrey, My Own Life is an extraordinary book about the first modern biographer, which reimagines what biography can be. This intimate diary of Aubrey's days is composed of his own words, collected, collated, and enlarged upon by Ruth Scurr in an act of meticulous scholarship and daring imagination. Scurr's biography honors and echoes Aubrey's own innovations in the art of biography. Rather than subject his life to a conventional narrative, Scurr has collected the evidence--the remnants of a life from manuscripts, letters, and books--and arranged it chronologically, modernizing words and spellings, and adding explanations when necessary, with sources provided in the extensive endnotes."--Publisher's description.

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