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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

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, " Chiefly of Contempories

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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Brief Lives

Author: Neil Gaiman,Jill Thompson

Publisher: Titan Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780857687029

Category: Horror comic books, strips, etc

Page: 256

View: 6662

Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time.

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

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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'Brief Lives': I-Y

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: DC

ISBN: 1401236464

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time. But three hundred years ago, one of the mythical beings gave up his duties and left his realm, never to be seen again. BRIEF LIVES tells the tales of Delirium and older brother Dream on a mission to find their missing sibling, as they encounter immortal humans and various deities while trying to locate the prodigal Destruction. But as their adventure draws Dream into a final, tragic confrontation with his son Orpheus, the eternal being learns the true meaning of fate and consequences. This new edition of BRIEF LIVES collects THE SANDMAN # 41-49 of the classic title.

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

Brief Lives

Author: Anita Brookner

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241978238

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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'I never liked her, nor did she like me; strange, then, how we managed to keep up a sort of friendship for so long.' Fay Langdon has relinquished her singing career to marry Owen, a highly successful solicitor. At one of their dinner parties Fay meets the glamorous, self-obsessed Julia and is destined to join the handful of acolytes who provide Julia with ammunition for her merciless scorn and disapprobation. As the years pass and Fay and Julia's lives grow empty of purpose, they are drawn together by their fear of age and isolation. Yet a mutual mistrust continues to exist between them until Fay is driven to one last heroic act.

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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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.

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

Author: William Dickey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American poetry

Page: 63

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Brief Lives, and Other Selected Writings

Author: John Aubrey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 409

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Brief Lives: Henry James

Author: Hazel Hutchison

Publisher: Hesperus Press

ISBN: 1780940688

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 136

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Henry James is known for the psychological depth of his characters; for his remarkable ability to penetrate to the inner life of his creations. Yet the story of his own inner life remains curiously obscure. The best known facts about James – his illustrious, wealthy family and famous siblings; his prolific literary output with its numerous quirky female heroines; his long-term bachelorhood, and the rumours that accompanied it; and his flamboyant adoption of British citizenship in 1915 – have created a mythology surrounding the author. In this succinct new biography, Hazel Hutchison examines the writer’s childhood, travels, experiences and acquaintances – all of which re-appear to varying degrees in his writing. Brief Lives: Henry James presents a fresh take on one of the central figures in the English canon – perfect for both the general reader and the James enthusiast.

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.

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.

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: Chris Price

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1869406281

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Brief Livesis an eccentric collection of biographical anecdotes and fictional vignettes in which famous figures such as Goethe, Petrarch and Antonin Artaud rub shoulders with impecunious aristocrats, actors and art historians as well as a range of fictional characters caught amid the daily chaos of their lives. Here a dead man recounts his experiences as a Jesus impersonator. A wife reflects on the unhappiness of holidays. A doctor conducts altitude experiments on prisoners. Lott loses his mother's ashes in Amsterdam, and Nietzsche dances naked round a stove in Turin. These small, curious pieces deliver the reader on an A-Z journey towards the brilliant long essay 'Variable Stars', which takes in the French poets Mallarme and Villiers, as well as Jonathan Franzen, Janet Frame and Nigel Cox. A meditation on mortality and the tasks of recording, collection and recollection we undertake to stave it off,Brief Livesis a genre-crossing work that makes a plea for what historian Simon Schama has called 'the eloquence of peculiarity'.

Brief Lives

Author: W. F. Deedes

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330541307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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In this eclectic selection of biographical sketches Bill Deedes remembers some of the key figures of the twentieth century. Political heavyweights such as Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin and Anthony Eden are reassessed and re-evalued, while record breakers such as Sir Edmund Hillary and Roger Bannister are shown to be far more than just their achievements. Further afield, W. F. Deedes ruminates on the chaotic and shady world of Imelda Marcos, the dignity and determination of anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman and the controversial leadership of Ian Smith in Rhodesia. But there are lighter portraits too. Noel Coward, with his useful advice on trains, Mary Whitehouse’s inadvertent demonstration of pornography and Malcolm Muggeridge’s half-hearted suicide attempt all feature in this delightful compendium. Like his previous books, Dear Bill and At War With Waugh, Brief Lives is an affectionate, perceptive and anecdotal book, bursting with life, humour and wit.

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