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Brief Lives (Penguin Classics) Gentleman Scholar John Aubrey Spent His Life Collecting Anecdotes, Gossip, And Biographical Details About His Contemporaries, And These Biographical Sketches Are The Result A Colorful Evocation Of Poets And Philosophers, Including Francis Bacon, George Herbert, Thomas Hobbes, Philip Sidney, And William Shakespeare Mr William Shakespeare Was Born At Stratford Upon Avon In The County Of Warwick His Father Was A Butcher, And I Have Been Told Heretofore By Some Of The Neighbors, That When He Was A Boy He Exercised His Father S Trade, But When He Killed A Calf He Would Do It In A High Style, And Make A Speech An Unorthodox Approach To The Art Of Biography, Full Of Lively And Witty Detail, These Sketches Are A Singular Portrait Of A Tumultuous Age.


10 thoughts on “Brief Lives (Penguin Classics)

  1. says:

    Challenged by its opening sentence in Ruth Scurr s forward If you love English books, you will come, sooner or later, to Brief Lives the vivid, sometimes scurrilous, collection of short biographies that John Aubrey wrote in the last decades of his long life, but failed to publish before his death in 1697 p vii , this book would suggest a kind of reading experience to its readers in term


  2. says:

    Written sometime with anecdotes and probably to amuse himself and friends, this book on some 134 personalities excluding himself covering 108 pages by the editor has since been read and admired by those bibliophiles as well as voracious readers since his name s been off and on mentioned together with those familiar, vaguely known or unknown men women of eminent stature, for instance, the


  3. says:

    Loads of touching and fascinating details about the daily lives of contemporary figures, and anecdotes that bring them to life, like looking through small windows of time into their private lives Any page has something of interest in it We learn that Raleigh, for example, took a pipe of tobacco a little before he went to the s...


  4. says:

    This was soooo good Lots of fun It makes me want to learn about Elizabethan England As we gossip lovers say, it s juicy I didn t realize how mathematics was all the rage back then It was everyone s hobby Like Suduku for smart people Almost everyone was a clergyman and mathematician There are some neat stories on Phillip Sidney and Edmond Spenser There was also a bawdy tap the bottom story


  5. says:

    There are idiosyncratic books and then there are idiosyncratic books Aubrey s Brief Lives along with Le Grand Meaulnes is the most idiosyncratic book of which I know There are some who would argue for The Anatomy of Melancholy There are those who would nominate others But I think that John Aubrey was born and died within his own head and never absorbed anyone else s criteria for anything No


  6. says:

    If John Aubrey were alive today, I imagine it d be fantasticly entertaining to have a conversation with him down at the local watering hole, be it coffeehouse, pub, or disreputable tavern He collected juicy bits of gossip the way some folk hoard stamps or comic books, and this book is a treasure house of anecdotes regarding notable Elizabethan figures You ll read about...


  7. says:

    John Aubrey was a real hoot.


  8. says:

    Although abridged, I thoroughly enjoyed both Brian Cox s reading and Aubrey s descriptions of the people of his time I m glad that I started with the abridged because, despite my reasonable familiarity of t...


  9. says:

    I read this under duress for reasons I d rather not get into Honestly, it was a slog and a slow read Though I did appreciate the humor of Aubrey s observations, and his unique take on what makes for a biographical sketch Overall, I m glad I read it I appreciated ...


  10. says:

    Another book that hooked me on history another volume read in my grandfather s library, lost after his death, and hunted down for my own library I suspect Terry Pratchett read this when very young, too.


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