The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

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A new Penguin Classics edition of Burton's masterpiece - ostensibly a guidebook to melancholia or depression, in reality an all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the 17th-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics, including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorisable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.
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  • Paperback | 1424 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141192283
  • 9780141192284

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The best book ever written -- Nick Lezard * Guardian *
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About Robert Burton

Robert Burton (1577-1640) spent most of his life in Oxford, first as a student and later as a scholar. His most famous work, the enormous Anatomy of Melancholy, was published in 1621.

Angus Gowland is a Reader in Intellectual History at University College London.
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