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Brief Lives

A Modern English Version

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851152066

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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Full edition in modern spelling of Aubrey's racy portraits of great figures of 16-17c England, from Sir Walter Raleigh to John Milton.

Brief Lives

Author: Anita Brookner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307826252

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by Julia's excesses. Thrust together by their husbands' business partnership -- and by a guilty secret -- Julia and Fay develop an intense bond that is nonetheless something less than intimacy, a relationship in which we see our own uneasy compromises, not only with other people, but with life itself.

Aubrey's Brief Lives

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473521734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RUTH SCURR 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.

'Brief Lives'

Chiefly of Contemporaries

Author: John Aubrey,Andrew Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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'Brief Lives': I-Y

Author: John Aubrey,Andrew Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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Inquisitorial Inquiries

Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics

Author: Richard L. Kagan,Abigail Dyer

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421403420

Category: History

Page: 248

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Among them are a politically incendiary prophet, a self-proclaimed hermaphrodite, and a morisco, an Islamic convert to Catholicism.

Brief Lives, Chiefly of Contempories,... 1669-1696

Author: John Aubrey,Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

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Brief lives, by John Aubrey

a play in two acts for one player

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 56

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Brief Lives

Author: Paul Johnson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407089412

Category: History

Page: 304

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In the course of a long and successful career as a journalist and author, Paul Johnson has known popes, presidents, prime ministers, painters, poets, playwrights, even the foul-mouthed publican Muriel Belcher, who ran the legendary Colony Club. Harking back to the scandalously anecdotal 17th century book by John Aubrey on the celebrities of his times, Brief Lives is the distilled essence of Johnson's experience of a complex variety of people who have contributed to our political, spiritual and cultural life. He advised Margaret Thatcher, counselled Princess Diana, had a drawing of him done by Ernest Hemingway and enjoyed the company of John Osborne, Arnold Wesker and Harold Pinter at Buckingham Palace. He has been an insider, outside observer and universal commentator on the individuals who have changed history, formed public taste or simply lightened our lives by their presence.

Brief Lives

Alexander Pushkin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

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Looks at the early life, writing career, and literary legacy of the eminent Russian author.

J.M.W. Turner

Ackroyd's Brief Lives

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0307423654

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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In this second volume in the Ackroyd’s Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers. “His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets.” As his finest paintings show, his language was also the language of light. Turner’s landscapes—extraordinary studies in light, colour, and texture—caused an uproar during his lifetime and earned him a place as one of the greatest artists in history. Displaying his artistic abilities as a young child, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts when he was just fourteen years old. A year later his paintings appeared in an important public exhibition, and he rapidly achieved prominence, becoming a Royal Academician in 1802 and Professor of Perspective at the Academy from 1807–1837. His private life, however, was less orderly. Never married, he spent much time living in taverns, where he was well known for his truculence and his stinginess with money. Peter Ackroyd deftly follows Turner’s first loves of architecture, engraving, and watercolours, and the country houses, cathedrals, and landscapes of England. While his passion for Italy led him to oil painting, Turner’s love for London remained central to his heart and soul, and it was within sight of his beloved Thames that he died in 1851. His dying words were: “The sun is God.” Also available in ACKROYD’S BRIEF LIVES Chaucer

Brief lives, and other selected writings

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 409

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Newton

Ackroyd's Brief Lives

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0385525575

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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When Newton was not yet twenty-five years old, he formulated calculus, hit upon the idea of gravity, and discovered that white light was made up of all the colors of the spectrum. By 1678, Newton designed a telescope to study the movement of the planets and published Principia, a milestone in the history of science, which set forth his famous laws of motion and universal gravitation. Newton’s long-time research on calculus, finally made public in 1704, triggered a heated controversy as European scientists accused him of plagiarizing the work of the German scientist Gottfried Leibniz. In this third volume in the acclaimed Ackroyd’s Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd provides an engaging portrait of Isaac Newton, illuminating what we think we know about him and describing his seminal contributions to science and mathematics. A man of wide and eclectic interests, Newton blurred the borders between natural philosophy and speculation: he was as passionate about astrology as astronomy and dabbled in alchemy, while his religious faith was never undermined by his determination to interpret a modern universe as a mathematical universe. By brining vividly to life a somewhat puritanical man whose desire to experiment and explore bordered on the obsessive, Peter Ackroyd demonstrates the unique brilliance of Newton’s perceptions, which changed our understanding of the world. From the Hardcover edition.

Brief Lives

Author: William Dickey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American poetry

Page: 63

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Brief lives ; together with, An apparatus for the lives of our English mathematical writers ; and, The life of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury

Author: John Aubrey,John Buchanan-Brown

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 476

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With deft, picturesque prose, Aubrey presents biographical sketches for an intriguing and colorful parade of statesmen, poets, philosophers, and scientists, including Walter Raleigh, Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, and Rene Descartes, as well as a host of lesser known but equally fascinating figures. This anecdotal, gossipy collection brings to life the tumultuous world of Elizabethan and Stuart England and its revolutions in politics, science and morality. At the same time, Aubrey revels in the sheer variety of human nature and in the detailed, intimate, and sometimes scandalous aspects of his subjects' lives. An antiquarian, Aubrey began his collection as source material for his friend Anthony Wood's histories of Oxford University. In this new edition, more faithful to the original text than previous versions, Brief lives emerges as a revolution in the art of English biography, a mixture of entertainment and erudition, and a lively portrait of an age.

Brief Lives

Author: Alan Watkins

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson

ISBN: 9781904027164

Category:

Page: 274

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First published nearly a quarter of a century ago, this newly updated edition remains an exceptional work of biography. Eclectic, humane, smart and affectionate, Watkin's prose crackles with wit and fierce observation. Writing in the tradition of Aubrey and Churchill, Alan Watkins celebrates the lives and achievements of his many contemporaries.

Poe

A Life Cut Short

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0385529457

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy. His innovative style, images, and themes had a tremendous impact on European romanticism, symbolism, and surrealism, and continue to influence writers today. In this essential addition to his canon of acclaimed biographies, Peter Ackroyd explores Poe’s literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life. Ackroyd chronicles Poe’s difficult childhood, his bumpy academic and military careers, and his complex relationships with women, including his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin. He describes Poe’s much-written-about problems with gambling and alcohol with sympathy and insight, showing their connections to Poe’s childhood and the trials, as well as the triumphs, of his adult life. Ackroyd’s thoughtful, perceptive examinations of some of Poe’s most famous works shed new light on these classics and on the troubled and brilliant genius who created them.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Daz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1594483299

Category: Fiction

Page: 339

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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

Brief Lives

Twentieth-century Pen Portraits from the Dictionary of National Biography

Author: Colin Matthew,Henry Colin Gray Matthew

Publisher: Getty Center for Education in

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 601

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Drawn from the archives of The Dictionary of National Biography and collected for the first time in a single volumes, Brief Lives consists of 150 sharply drawn profiles of the men and women who have helped shape British national life this century. From Harry Lauder to Jacqueline du Pre, W. H. Auden to the Duchess of Windsor, these profiles combine wit and insight with lively and entertaining prose, anecdote, and private information. Discover: Kingley Amis on Sir John Betjeman Michael Kitson on Sir Anthony Blunt Stephen Spender on W. H. Auden Richard Ellmann on T. S. Eliot Yehudi Menuhin on Jacqueline du Pre Alan Bennett on Russell Harty Donald Trelfold on Sir Len Hutton David Cecil on Virginia Woolf

Calculus Gems

Brief Lives and Memorable Mathematics

Author: George F. Simmons

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 9780883855614

Category: Mathematics

Page: 355

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Calculus Gems, a collection of essays written about mathematicians and mathematics, is a spin-off of two appendices (""Biographical Notes"" and ""Variety of Additional Topics"") found in Simmons' 1985 calculus book. With many additions and some minor adjustments, the material will now be available in a separate softcover volume. The text is suitable as a supplement for a calculus course and/or a history of mathematics course, The overall aim is bound up in the question, ""What is mathematics for?"" and in Simmons' answer, ""To delight the mind and help us understand the world"". The essays are independent of one another, allowing the instructor to pick and choose among them. Part A, ""Brief Lives"", is a biographical history of mathematics from earliest times (Thales, 625-547 BC) through the late 19th century (Weierstrass, 1815-1897) that serves to connect mathematics to the broader intellectual and social history of Western civilization. Part B, ""Memorable Mathematics"", is a collection of interesting topics from number theory, geometry, and science arranged in an order roughly corresponding to the order of most calculus courses. Some of these sections have a few problems for the student to solve. Students can gain perspective on the mathematical experience and learn some mathematics not contained in the usual courses, and instructors can assign student papers and projects based on the essays. The book teaches by example that mathematics is more than computation. Original illustrations of influential mathematicians in history and their inventions accompany the brief biographies and mathematical discussions.

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