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eBook The Anatomy of Melancholy (Volume I of III) epub
  • ISBN: 1420934724
  • Author: Robert Burton
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 338 pages
  • ePUB size: 1483 kb
  • FB2 size 1755 kb
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The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621 In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library ar. .

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression). In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal. Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy - "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621, but republished five more times over the next seventeen years with massive alterations and expansions. On its surface, the book is presented as a medical textbook in which Burton applies his vast and varied learning, in the scholastic manner, to the subject of melancholia (which includes, although it is not limited to, what is now termed clinical depression).

The Anatomy of Melancholy: (Unabridged). Burton was an Oxford scholar who had spent much of his life in Christ Church College of that institution accumulating quotes, ideas, and general collectible wisdom from the classics

The Anatomy of Melancholy: (Unabridged). Burton was an Oxford scholar who had spent much of his life in Christ Church College of that institution accumulating quotes, ideas, and general collectible wisdom from the classics. His self-styled anatomy of the causes of melancholy is both ponderous and witty-quite in tune with Burton's styling himself as "Democritus Junior. Democritus, you will recall, was a Greek philosopher of the 5th century BC who developed the idea of atoms forming the basis of the universe. He was also sometimes called the "laughing philosopher" because of his wit.

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Burton was an English churchman and a scholar, and his depth and breadth o. A labor of love taking much of Burton's life to write and revise, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" is an expansive, informative, and eccentric work of genius first published in 1621. Burton was an English churchman and a scholar, and his depth and breadth of knowledge is readily apparent in this inexhaustible book.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621 In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library ar.

The Anatomy of Melancholy book. A labor of love taking much of Burton's life to write and. Through the frame of a medical treatise, Burton begins with A labor of love taking much of Burton's life to write and revise, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" is an expansive, informative, and eccentric work of genius first published in 1621.

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A labor of love taking much of Burton's life to write and revise, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" is an expansive, informative, and eccentric work of genius first published in 1621. Burton was an English churchman and a scholar, and his depth and breadth of knowledge is readily apparent in this inexhaustible book. Through the frame of a medical treatise, Burton begins with melancholy and slowly deals with various mental states, frequently digressing with commentary from a myriad of other fields, including history, literature, psychology, astronomy, and theology. Though he quotes medical experts from Hippocrates and Aristotle to many medieval authorities, Burton just as often includes Latin poetry in a manner bordering on a stream of consciousness. Through this plethora of references on the human condition, as well as Burton's alternately serious and satirical tone, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" eloquently portrays the whole of human knowledge up to its day in a charming and imaginative way that will allow this work to endure as a classic of the English language. In this edition we have the first of three volumes.
Comments: (7)
Kulabandis
But the decision to put the entire book into a single paperback volume was a bad mistake. It's impossible to hold it in any position or to turn the pages. Would have been much better to split it out into the three "partitions." I tried a couple of the kindle versions, but they are poorly edited, and the Latin and Greek (pretty extensive here) are not systematically translated.

As for the book itself, you have probably seen it mentioned so many times that you have finally decided to see what all the rumpus is about. And it is truly wonderful. Compare to Montaigne. ..... Burton is even more poetic, and earthier too, and even more humorous.

The amazing M. A. Screech, editor of (Penguin's) Montaigne, far exceeds this Burton's editor, Holbrook Jackson, in erudition and in helpfulness. The former is a modern scholar and the latter is vintage. I wish Screech, or someone like him, would get busy on Anatomy. (Sure, but but who could do anything approaching his accomplishment on Montaigne?). The intro here by William H. Gass is a great benefit of this edition, and in fact maybe we should pick up Gass' books next.

My advice is to read the 3rd partition first, in case you don't think you will read the whole work. My favorite partition, anyway.

I wish I had had time for a more studious reading, looking up the notes and looking more closely at the Latin, but alas I did not. Anyway, these notes just cite the sources of the quotations, nothing more. The reading alone is still a considerable effort, but very very worth it. You will wish you had known the author personally, just as you have imagined talking with Montaigne. A long wonderful book is just several wonderful shorter ones, so why be afraid?
Winail
i'm a little embarrassed that i didn't guess from the title [anatomy of melancholy [comma]] that this wasn't a good edition of the book. as others have said, this isn't the complete book, it's not even clear which part of the work you're reading, under the "publication data" there's a strange apology/disavowal of guilt re: the awful quality of the book that reads like a customer service empathy 101 handbook ["we understand how annoying typos, missing text and illustration can be." and "if you would prefer that we manually type, proof read and design your book so that it's perfect, we are happy to do that. simply contact us via the website for the cost." are you kidding me?]

also, instead of spoiling the plot by citing typos in the text i'll just note the end of the book:

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hmm. represents the clinically depressed burton bashing his head against the typewriter, or the clinically depressed copy editor giving the big eff you to his tyrannical penny pinching boss? ah well, i'm keeping this book for three reasons: 1. because it's charming in the way errors at chinese restaurants are charming, 2. because my roommate threw a half full beer can in the garbage before i could fish out the packaging/receipt and 3. because in the throes of melancholy who cares enough to not be had by bootleggers anyway. you win bootleggers, you win.
fightnight
This guy right here! Burton may have been the most learned scholar in ancient writings ever. He spent about 30 years locked away in a college studying all the time, with no family. He was a divine--a Christian theologian by trade (which appeals much to me); but on a single page you will come across about 10 quotations from every single Latin or Greek writer imaginable. I can't even underline sentences, because the whole book would be underlined. And the topic! "All my joys to this are folly, none so sweet as melancholy"; "The only cure for melancholy is melancholizing". LOL! Three volumes of straight wisdom! You can't pass this up (no I'm not the seller). And Folio Society makes great quality products. I got mine for $100. What an investment. The big man Samuel Johnson said this was the only book that got him out of bed two hours earlier than he intended to rise. I wish more people knew about this book nowadays. It was one of the most popular books for almost 200 years after it was published.
Daigami
I'm sure this is wonderful and looked forward to reading it, but this edition is (mechanically) impossible to read. It is VERY heavy, very hard to hold open because it is far too thick for it's size, and printed in microtype. I guess I wait for a gift of a three volume set!
Kriau
Usually available only in expensive private editions and nineteenth century complilations, the New York Review Books paperback edition of Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Melancholy" is handy and relatively cheap. It reprints the sixth and final edition that Burton issued, each edition expanding with afterthoughts by the author. The original in 1621 was one-half the size of the last edition.

Burton was an Oxford scholar who had spent much of his life in Christ Church College of that institution accumulating quotes, ideas, and general collectible wisdom from the classics. His self-styled anatomy of the causes of melancholy is both ponderous and witty--quite in tune with Burton's styling himself as "Democritus Junior." Democritus, you will recall, was a Greek philosopher of the 5th century BC who developed the idea of atoms forming the basis of the universe. He was also sometimes called the "laughing philosopher" because of his wit.

Burton himself has a good time with this kind of humor, and his book is not at all a gloomy analysis of melancholy. What it is is a compendium of every kind of thought on the subject, and is replete with Latin quotations and Greek philosophy. It is a museum of myth, ignorance, and insight. Written in a uniquely antiquarian style, it is a treat for the modern reader. Like Sir Thomas Browne's gothic prose, Burton's is unique as well as intriguing. His book is meant to be dipped into, not to be read straight through. The wonderful thing is that it's not just a classic but a readable classic. It is, yes, antiquarian, but happily antiquarian.

I loved it.
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