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Lives of Eminent Men

 
 
Author
John Aubrey. Ruth Scurr, foreword.
Publisher Hesperus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.45 inches
ISBN 9781843911616
Pages/Publication Date 123/2007
Daedalus Item Code 53727
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Gentleman scholar John Aubrey (1626–97) spent his life collecting anecdotes, gossip, and biographical details about his illustrious contemporaries, adding liberal doses of off-kilter British wit to produce the classic Brief Lives. These 37 entertaining selections include Aubrey's colorful evocation of such poets and philosophers as Geoffrey Chaucer, Francis Bacon, George Herbert, Thomas More, Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas Hobbes, René Descartes, and even the Bard, of whom Aubrey wrote, "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."
 
 
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