The Anatomy of Melancholy Volume 1

Robert BURTON (1577 - 1640)

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression).

Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal.

Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy — "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes. This acknowledged desire to distract and amuse himself motivated Burton to produce a wide-ranging document, containing digressions and commentary. Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic voice of its author that are most commonly cited by its admirers as the main sources of its appeal. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Health & Fitness, Psychology

Language: English

Group: The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

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Play 01 01 - Advertisement of the last London edition & Account of the author TriciaG
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Play 02 02 - Dedication and Argument TriciaG
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Play 03 03 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 1 Kristine Bekere
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Play 16 16 - Partition 1, Section 1, Member 1, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 17 17 - Partition 1, Section 1, Member 1, Subsections 2-5 MorganScorpion
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Play 18 18 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 1-4 Anna Simon
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Play 19 19 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 5-8 Margaret Espaillat
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Play 20 20 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 9 - 11 Kalynda
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Play 25 25 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 2, Subsections 4-6 Chris Caron
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Play 30 30 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 2, Subsections 6-7 Grant Hurlock
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Play 33 33 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 7-9 Luigina
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Play 34 34 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 10 MorganScorpion
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Play 35 35 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 11-12 MorganScorpion
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Play 36 36 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 13 MorganScorpion
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Play 38 38 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 15, Part 1 Anna Simon
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Play 41 41 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 1-2 MorganScorpion
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Play 42 42 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 3-4 MorganScorpion
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Play 43 43 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 5-6 MorganScorpion
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Play 44 44 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsection 7, Part 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 45 45 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsection 7, Part 2 Chris Caron
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Play 46 46 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 5 hefyd
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Play 47 47 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 1 Anna Simon
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Play 48 48 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 2 Karen
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Play 50 50 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 4 MorganScorpion
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