The Anatomy of Melancholy

Cover Art for 9780241533758, The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
ISBN: 9780241533758
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 1 July, 2021
Format: Hardcover
Language: English

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Burton's masterpiece, this is the only fully edited modern edition, now published as a landmark hardback edition 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, goblins, 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.

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