The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

The age of discovery continued in the 17th Century and I have been privately studying-further in-depth- men of science of late and while I’ve known who Oxford Scholar Robert Burton was, I must confess I have not read his book, The Anatomy of Melancholy.

I’m really interested in reading this book on two scores:

  1. It discusses human feelings.
  2. English 17th Century prose is outstanding!

Description of the book:

“One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton’s astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century. Lewellyn Powys called it “the greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prose-writing,” while the celebrated surgeon William Osler declared it the greatest of medical treatises. And Dr. Johnson, Boswell reports, said it was the only book that he rose early in the morning to read with pleasure. In this surprisingly compact and elegant new edition, Burton’s spectacular verbal labyrinth is sure to delight, instruct, and divert today’s readers as much as it has those of the past four centuries.”


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