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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141192284
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1424
  • RRP: $40.00

The Anatomy Of Melancholy




Ostensibly a guidebook to melancholia or depression, Burton's masterpiece is really an all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth-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 uncategorizable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

  • Pub date: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141192284
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1424
  • RRP: $40.00

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