Anatomy of Melancholy

Author(s): Robert Burton; Angus Gowland (Editor)

the self | critical theory

A new Penguin Classics edition of Burton's masterpiece - ostensibly a guidebook to melancholia or depression, in reality an all-encompassing examination of the human condition. 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.


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General Fields

  • : 9780141192284
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : October 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Burton; Angus Gowland (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 1424