Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

John Aubrey: my own life

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
Born on the brink of the modern world, John Aubrey was witness to the great intellectual and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. He knew everyone of note in England—writers, philosophers, mathematicians, doctors, astrologers, lawyers, statesmen—and wrote about them all, leaving behind a great gift to posterity: a compilation of biographical information titled Brief Lives, which in a strikingly modest and radical way invented the art of biography.Aubrey was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1626. The reign of Queen Elizabeth and, earlier, the dissolution of the monasteries were not too far distant in memory during his boyhood. He lived through England's Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the brief rule of Oliver Cromwell and his son, and the restoration of Charles II. Experiencing these constitutional crises and regime changes, Aubrey was impassioned by the preservation of traces of Ancient Britain, of English monuments, manor houses, monasteries, abbeys, and churches. He was a natural philosopher, an antiquary, a book collector, and a chronicler of the world around him and of the lives of his friends, both men and women. His method of writing was characteristic of his manner: modest, self-deprecating, witty, and concerned above all with the collection of facts that would otherwise be lost to time.John Aubrey, My Own Life is an extraordinary book about the first modern biographer, which reimagines what biography can be. This intimate diary of Aubrey's days is composed of his own words, collected, collated, and enlarged upon by Ruth Scurr in an act of meticulous scholarship and daring imagination. Scurr's biography honors and echoes Aubrey's own innovations in the art of biography. Rather than subject his life to a conventional narrative, Scurr has collected the evidence—the remnants of a life from manuscripts, letters, and books—and arranged it chronologically, modernizing words and spellings, and adding explanations when necessary, with sources provided in the extensive endnotes. Here are Aubrey's intricate drawings of Stonehenge and the ancient Avebury stones; Aubrey on Charles I's execution ("On this day, the King was executed. It was bitter cold, so he wore two heavy shirts, lest he should shiver and seem afraid"); and Aubrey on antiquity ("Matters of antiquity are like the light after sunset—clear at first—but by and by crepusculum—the twilight—comes—then total darkness"). From the darkness, Scurr has wrested a vibrant, intimate account of the life of an ingenious man.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9781681370422
9781681370439
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID22fb5d21-b6ff-803d-a5ce-3c419b088e7c
Grouping Titlejohn aubrey my own life
Grouping Authorruth scurr
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-09-23 02:27:19AM
Last Indexed2020-09-23 03:43:23AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9781681370422

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorScurr, Ruth,
author_displayScurr, Ruth
available_at_catalogCentral
detailed_location_catalogCentral
display_descriptionBorn on the brink of the modern world, John Aubrey was witness to the great intellectual and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. He knew everyone of note in England—writers, philosophers, mathematicians, doctors, astrologers, lawyers, statesmen—and wrote about them all, leaving behind a great gift to posterity: a compilation of biographical information titled Brief Lives, which in a strikingly modest and radical way invented the art of biography.
Aubrey was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1626. The reign of Queen Elizabeth and, earlier, the dissolution of the monasteries were not too far distant in memory during his boyhood. He lived through England's Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the brief rule of Oliver Cromwell and his son, and the restoration of Charles II. Experiencing these constitutional crises and regime changes, Aubrey was impassioned by the preservation of traces of Ancient Britain, of English monuments, manor houses, monasteries, abbeys, and churches. He was a natural philosopher, an antiquary, a book collector, and a chronicler of the world around him and of the lives of his friends, both men and women. His method of writing was characteristic of his manner: modest, self-deprecating, witty, and concerned above all with the collection of facts that would otherwise be lost to time.
John Aubrey, My Own Life is an extraordinary book about the first modern biographer, which reimagines what biography can be. This intimate diary of Aubrey's days is composed of his own words, collected, collated, and enlarged upon by Ruth Scurr in an act of meticulous scholarship and daring imagination. Scurr's biography honors and echoes Aubrey's own innovations in the art of biography. Rather than subject his life to a conventional narrative, Scurr has collected the evidence—the remnants of a life from manuscripts, letters, and books—and arranged it chronologically, modernizing words and spellings, and adding explanations when necessary, with sources provided in the extensive endnotes. Here are Aubrey's intricate drawings of Stonehenge and the ancient Avebury stones; Aubrey on Charles I's execution ("On this day, the King was executed. It was bitter cold, so he wore two heavy shirts, lest he should shiver and seem afraid"); and Aubrey on antiquity ("Matters of antiquity are like the light after sunset—clear at first—but by and by crepusculum—the twilight—comes—then total darkness"). From the darkness, Scurr has wrested a vibrant, intimate account of the life of an ingenious man.
format_catalogBook
eBook
format_category_catalogBooks
eBook
id22fb5d21-b6ff-803d-a5ce-3c419b088e7c
isbn9781681370422
9781681370439
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b24348508.i74620927CentralBIOGRAPHY Aubrey, J. 20161falsefalseOn Shelfcenag
overdrive:820610ff-89db-4df0-be1b-2cfc713a85f1-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook1falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
itype_catalogAdult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed2020-09-23T10:43:23.78Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalogBIOGRAPHY Aubrey, J. 2016
owning_library_catalogSacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalogCentral
primary_isbn9781681370422
publishDate2016
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b24348508BookBooksEnglishNew York Review Books, [2016]xxiv, 518 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
overdrive:820610ff-89db-4df0-be1b-2cfc713a85f1eBookeBookEnglishNew York Review Books2016
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b24348508.i74620927On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39
overdrive:820610ff-89db-4df0-be1b-2cfc713a85f1-2Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetAntiquarians -- England -- Biography
Aubrey, John, -- 1626-1697
Biographies
title_displayJohn Aubrey : my own life
title_fullJohn Aubrey : my own life / Ruth Scurr
John Aubrey, My Own Life
title_shortJohn Aubrey
title_submy own life
topic_facetAntiquarians
Aubrey, John
Biography & Autobiography
History
Nonfiction