The Anatomy of Melancholy

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‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the 17th-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 uncategorisable works of all time – can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

ISBN: 9780241533758 Author: Burton, Robert Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 1st July 2021 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Hardback Dewey: 828.308 (edition:23) Pages: 1376 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , ,

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Burton’s masterpiece, this fully edited, modern edition is published as a landmark hardback volume in Penguin Classics.

Robert Burton’s labyrinthine, beguiling, playful masterpiece is his attempt to ‘anatomize and cut up’ every aspect of the condition of melancholy, from which he had suffered throughout his life. Ranging over beauty, digestion, the planets, alcohol, demons, kissing, poetry and the restorative power of books, among many other things, The Anatomy of Melancholy has fascinated figures from Samuel Johnson to Jorge Luis Borges since the seventeenth century, and remains an incomparable examination of the human condition in all its flawed, endless variety.

Edited with an introduction and notes by Angus Gowland

‘The best book ever written’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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