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Brief Lives

Author : John Aubrey
ISBN : 0851152066
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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.
Category: Literary Criticism

Brief Lives I Y

Author : John Aubrey
ISBN : UOM:39015065730882
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

Brief Lives

Author : Paul Johnson
ISBN : 9781407089416
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History


Author : Peter Ackroyd
ISBN : 0307423530
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle. He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life. In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Royal Panoply

Author : Carolly Erickson
ISBN : 1429904046
Genre : History
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From medieval conqueror to Renaissance autocrat to Victorian Empress to modern melodrama, Royal Panoply is the story of some of the most fascinating people in world history. With her trademark blend of probing scholarship, lively prose, and psychological insight, Carolly Erickson focuses on each monarch's entire life---from the puny, socially awkward Charles I, to the choleric, violent William the Conqueror, to the well-meaning, deeply affectionate Queen Anne, who was so heavy she had to be carried to her coronation. Royal Panoply recaptures the event-filled, often dangerous, always engaging lives of England's kings and queens, set against the backdrop of a thousand years of Britain's past.
Category: History

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
ISBN : IND:30000079327874
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Calculus Gems

Author : George F. Simmons
ISBN : 0883855615
Genre : Mathematics
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The classic book - back in print! The first half of Calculus Gems is a biographical history of mathematics from the earliest times to the late nineteenth century. The author shows how science - and mathematics in particular - is something that people do, and not merely a mass of observed data and abstract theory. He demonstrates the profound connections that join mathematics to the history of philosophy and also to the broader intellectual and social history of Western civilization. The second half contains nuggets that Simmons has collected from number theory, geometry, science, etc., which he has used in his mathematics classes, meaning that it can be used as a supplement in a Calculus course, or a History of Mathematics course. The overall aim of this book is to answer the question, 'What is mathematics for?' and with its inevitable answer, 'To delight the mind and help us understand the world.'
Category: Mathematics

Brief Lives Henry James

Author : Hazel Hutchison
ISBN : 9781780940687
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography