The Anatomy of Melancholy Volume 3

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 Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic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

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Partition 3, Section 1, Member 1, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 02 02 - Partition 3, Section 1, Member 1, Subsection 2 MorganScorpion
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Play 03 03 - Partition 3, Section 1, Member 2, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 04 04 - Partition 3, Section 1, Member 2, Subsections 2 and 3 BensonBrunswin
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Play 05 05 - Partition 3, Section 1, Member 3 Marilyn Mack
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Play 06 06 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 1, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 07 07 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 1, Subsection 2 MorganScorpion
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Play 08 08 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 09 09 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 2, Part 1 mattoscarlomas
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Play 10 10 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 2, Part 2 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 11 11 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 2, Part 3 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 12 12 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 3 Kirsten Nelson
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Play 13 13 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 4, Part 1 CaprishaPage
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Play 14 14 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 4, Part 2 MorganScorpion
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Play 15 15 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 5 MorganScorpion
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Play 16 16 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 3, Part 1 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 17 17 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 3, Part 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 18 18 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 3, Part 3 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 19 19 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 3, Part 4 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 20 20 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 4 MorganScorpion
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Play 21 21 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 22 22 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 2 Anna Simon
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Play 23 23 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 3, Part 1 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 24 24 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 3, Part 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 25 25 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 4 April Gonzales
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Play 26 26 - Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 5, Part 1 Anna Simon
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Play 27 27- Partition 3, Section 2, Member 5, Subsection 5, Part 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 28 28 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 1, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 29 29 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 1, Subsection 2, Part 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 30 30 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 1, Subsection 2, Part 2 MorganScorpion
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Play 31 31 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 2 Nicole Lee
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Play 32 32 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 3 Nicole Lee
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Play 33 33 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 4, Subsection 1 MorganScorpion
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Play 34 34 - Partition 3, Section 3, Member 4, Subsection 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 35 35 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 1 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 36 36 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 2, Part 1 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 37 37 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 2, Part 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 38 38 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 3, Part 1 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 39 39 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 3, Part 2 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 40 40 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 3, Part 3 Cynthia Moyer
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Play 41 41 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 4 Leni
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Play 42 42 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 1, Subsection 5 Anna Simon
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Play 43 43 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 1 Leni
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Play 44 44 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 2 MorganScorpion
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Play 45 45 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 3 MorganScorpion
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Play 46 46 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsections 4 and 5 MorganScorpion
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Play 47 47 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 6, Part 1 Leni
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Play 48 48 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 6, Part 2 Leni
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Play 49 49 - Partition 3, Section 4, Member 2, Subsection 6, Part 3 Leni
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