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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

Author : Chris Price
ISBN : 9781869406288
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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'.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

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

Brief Lives

Author : Anita Brookner
ISBN : 9780241978238
Genre : Fiction
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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.
Category: Fiction

Brief Lives

Author : W. F. Deedes
ISBN : 9780330541305
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

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

Brief Lives I Y

Author : John Aubrey
ISBN : UOM:39015002695487
Genre : Great Britain
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Aubrey S Brief Lives

Author : John Aubrey
ISBN : 9781473521735
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
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