Anatomy of Melancholy

Autor Robert Burton
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 26 feb 2004
The Anatomy of Melancholy is, quite self-consciously, the book to end all books. The immensely widely read Robert Burton compiled it from the books that existed in a 17th-century library in order to explain and account for all human emotion and thought. In the first part, Burton defines the "inbred malady" of melancholy, discusses its causes, and describes the symptoms. The second part is devoted to its cure. Love melancholy is the subject of the final and longest part. A master of narrative, Burton includes as examples most of the world's great love stories, showing a modern approach to psychological problems. Burton's lively, colloquial style is as individual as his subject matter. It is imaginative and eloquent, full of classical allusions and Latin tags that testify to his love of curious and out-of-the-way information as well as to his erudition. Burton is a master of lists and catalogs, but their sonorous roll is often broken by his humorous asides. This edition, in crisp clear modern font, is complete and unabridged.
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ISBN-13: 9781857546507
ISBN-10: 1857546504
Dimensiuni: 137 x 17 x 217 mm
Greutate: 0 kg
Editura: Carcanet Press Ltd.
Locul publicării:United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Robert Burton (Author)
Robert Burton (1577-1640) spent most of his life in Oxford, first as a student and later as a scholar. His most famous work, the enormousAnatomy of Melancholy, was first published in 1621 and expanded in further editions throughout Burton's life.

Angus Gowland (External Editor)
Angus Gowland is a Reader in Intellectual History at University College London.


From reviews of Volume I:`If the Anatomy has never lacked devoted readers, its editors have not always served it well until now.'Times Literary Supplement
`this magisterial Oxford edition ... one rejoices that Burton has at last found editors of this stamp'A. D. Nuttall, London Review of Books
`It is a great pleasure to congratulate all concerned with the Washington State/Oxford Anatomy of Melancholy on the appearance of the first two volumes of this eagerly awaited edition ... the publication of Volume I by 1989 is an impressive achievement in itself. A decade ago they, their associates, Washington State University, and Oxford University Press had the foresight, determination, and faith to embark on a project which, immensely valuable as itis in itself in providing us with this splendid edition of Burton's masterpiece, has also opened up new territory to modern textual editing.'Jonquil Bevan, University of Edinburgh, Review of English Studies, Feb '92
`Volume II is as impressively prepared as Volume 1; those seeking the "purest" text of Burton's masterpiece will find here the end of their search. The editors are to be commended, again, for their continuing care for detail, acute observation, and fine sense of presenting not only the definitive but, in terms of critical apparati, a very useful text.'William C. Johnson, The Sixteenth Century Journal
we have an authoritative edition of one of the most important, as well as compendious, works of seventeenth century literature and science...The editors and the Oxford Press deserve our thanks in bringing this giant task to completion in a readable form...for literary scholars and specialists, it can no longer be said that Burton 'awaits his editor'
`If the same care and industry that have been lavished on the text of the first two partitions is evident in the commentary ... then volumes four and five ought to be a treasure ... the book is an invaluable resource for students in a variety of disciplines: intellectual, cultural, and scientific history'Journal of English and Germanic Philology


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This is the third and final text volume of the Clarendon edition of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy. It contains `The Third Partition', `The Table', edited from 1624-1651 editions, and their textual apparatus, and an Index of Persons. Also included are three appendices: `The Conclusion of the Author to the Reader', which occurs only in the 1621 edition, a list of stop-press corrections to the 1632 edition, and the edited Synoptic Tables.The Third Partition is made up of two grand digressions which conclude Burton's earlier arguments on the causes and cures of melancholy. In the first digression he anatomizes love melancholy, its kinds, causes and symptom, and cures. No one up to his time had dealt more elaborately, or more thoroughly, with the components of love. Certain sections, `Beauty a Cause', of `Jealousie, his Æquivocations, Name, Definition, Extent ...' are no less engaging today than when they were first written.In the second, religious melancholy, he surveys the aberrations from true religious commitment which are the cause of this melancholy. To Burton the divine, no other manifestation of melancholy was as serious as this, and his words of comfort, consolation, and encouragement, are a fitting end to hisdissection of a disease that all are heir to.