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Burton on melancholy

Author: Nicholas Robins; Robert Burton
Publisher: London : Hesperus Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Journey through the subject of melancholia in an easily accessible volume touching on topics from love and sex to religion and geographyBurton's The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the great but unclassifiable prose works in English literature: diverting, delightfully rambling, and filled with recondite learning and peculiar facts and speculations. Burton, frustrated at the stagnant, disorderly society in which he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Early works
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Burton on melancholy
(OCoLC)854618846
Named Person: Robert Burton; Robert Burton; Robert Burton
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Robins; Robert Burton
ISBN: 9781780942186 1780942184 9781780942209 1780942206
OCLC Number: 875894953
Notes: Excerpts from Anatomy of melancholy.
Description: 1 online resource (108 pages)
Other Titles: Robert Burton on melancholy
On melancholy
Responsibility: edited by Nicholas Robins.

Abstract:

Journey through the subject of melancholia in an easily accessible volume touching on topics from love and sex to religion and geographyBurton's The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the great but unclassifiable prose works in English literature: diverting, delightfully rambling, and filled with recondite learning and peculiar facts and speculations. Burton, frustrated at the stagnant, disorderly society in which he found himself, became convinced that the problems of England lay in its inclination to melancholy. This is the starting-point, or pretext, for a hugely wide-ranging survey of the causes, descriptions (and cures) of melancholy. Burton's unsystematic approach to his subject contributes greatly to its charm and interest, for much of it is composed of digressions that are, in effect, self-contained essays on all manner of subjects: cosmology, religious fanaticism, devils and spirits, food, love, and sex.

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