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John Evelyn Living for Ingenuity, Gillian Darley

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  • Michael Robinson
    John Evelyn Living for Ingenuity, Gillian Darley This new biography of John Evelyn, diarist, scholar, and intellectual virtuoso (1620-1706), is the first
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      John Evelyn Living for Ingenuity, Gillian Darley

      This new biography of John Evelyn, diarist, scholar, and intellectual
      virtuoso (1620-1706), is the first account to make full use of his
      huge unpublished archive, deposited at the British Library in 1995.
      This crucial material permits a broader and richer picture of Evelyn,
      his life, and his friendships than permitted by his own celebrated
      diaries.

      Gillian Darley provides a rounded portrait of Evelyn's eighty-five
      years--his family life, his exile in Paris, his interests, and his
      preoccupations. Evelyn lived through some of England's most tumultuous
      history, through five reigns, the Civil War, the Restoration, and the
      Revolution of 1688. He was author or translator of countless
      publications, tackling an enormous variety of contemporary issues.
      Both a religious man and a key figure in the Royal Society, he viewed
      Christianity and the new science as wholly compatible. Evelyn remained
      endlessly curious and engaged into very old age, and this absorbing
      biography demonstrates the liveliness of his hugely busy mind.

      Gillian Darley is the author of John Soane: An Accidental Romantic,
      published by Yale University Press. She was architectural
      correspondent of the Observer, 1990-94.

      http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300112270
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