Urn Burial
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Urn Burial

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Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and without doubt one of the great essays in English literature. Beginning with observations on the recent discovery of Roman antiquities in the form of burial urns, Browne's associative mind wanders to elephant graveyards, to pre-Christian cremation ceremonies, and finally to the idea of Christian burial. Browne then explores, with a more melancholic meditation, man's struggles with mortality and the uncertainty of his fate and fame in the living world. This edition includes a magisterial discourse on Sir Thomas Browne taken from the first chapter of W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 111.76 x 170.18 x 12.7mm | 90.72g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0811218929
  • 9780811218924
  • 369,680

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Browne's is the voice of a strange preacher, of a man filled with doubts and subtleties and suddenly swept away by surprising imaginations.--Virginia Woolfshow more

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