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BRIEF LIVES BY JOHN AUDREY

Publication Date: 1898

A near-complete transcript, Brief Lives chiefly of Contemporaries set down John Aubrey between the Years 1669 and 1696, was edited for the Clarendon Press in 1898 by the Reverend Andrew Clark. In 1669, Aubrey began work on his collection of biographical sketches, which became known as his "minutes of lives". (Brief Lives was a 19th-century editorial title.) He continued to work on them until 1693, when he deposited his manuscripts (in four folio volumes) in the Ashmolean Museum, they are now in the Bodleian Library. As private, manuscript texts, the "Lives" were able to contain the richly controversial material which is their chief interest today, and Aubrey's chief contribution to the formation of modern biographical writing. #1275-1276

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