The Anatomy of Melancholy
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.
Praise for The Anatomy of Melancholy
The best book ever writtenNick Lezard, Guardian
The greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prose-writingLlewelyn Powys