From Ruth's list on group biographies.
John Aubrey’s gossipy Lives allow us to glimpse the unofficial side of his famous contemporaries and near-contemporaries, among them Thomas Hobbes (whom he knew), Shakespeare (who died ten years before he was born), Sir Walter Raleigh, and many others. You can dip in and out, and if you haven’t read them, this is a treat in store.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
"Brief Lives - Volume I" from John Aubrey. English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer (1626 – 1697).