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The anatomy of melancholy full title the anatomy of melancholy what it is with all the kinds causes symptomes prognostickes and several cures of itin three maine partitions with their several sections members and subsections philosophically medicinally historically opened and cut up is a book by robert burton first published in 1621 but republished five more times over the the anatomy of melancholy new york review books classics robert burton holbrook jackson william h gass on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers one of the major documents of modern european civilization robert burtons astounding compendium a survey of melancholy in all its myriad formsrobert burton was an english scholar born in 1577 entered brasenose college oxford 1593 student of christ church 1599 bd 1614 and vicar of st thomass oxford 1616 and rector of seagrave from 1630 until his death in 1640 best known for writing the anatomy of melancholythe anatomy of melancholy is a book which has been universally read and admired this work is for the most part what the author himself styles it a cento but it is a very ingenious one his quotations which abound in every page are pertinent but if he had made more use of his invention and less of his commonplace book his work would whats in the anatomy of melancholy this is the third edition 1628 of burtons increasingly comprehensive text first published in 1621 and expanded from 1624 to 1651 the work is divided into three sections the first considers the nature symptoms and diverse causes of melancholy

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