Sir Thomas Browne: A Life by Reid BarbourSir Thomas Browne: A Life by Reid Barbour

Sir Thomas Browne: A Life

byReid Barbour

Paperback | July 30, 2016

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Sir Thomas Browne: A Life is the first full-scale biography of the extraordinary prose artist, physician, and polymath. With the help of recent archival discoveries, the biography recasts each phase of Browne's life (1605-82) and situates his incomparable writings within the diverseintellectual and social contexts in which he lived, including London, Winchester, Oxford, Montpellier, Padua, Leiden, Halifax, and Norwich. The book makes the case that, as his contemporaries fervently believed, Browne influenced the intellectual and religious direction of seventeenth-centuryEngland in singularly rich and dynamic ways. Special attention is paid in the biography to Browne's medical vocation but also to his place within the scientific revolution. New information is offered regarding his childhood in London, his European travels and medical studies, the setting in which he first wrote Religio Medici, his impact onreaders during the English civil wars, and the contemporary view of his medical practice. Overall, the image of Browne that emerges is far bolder and more cosmopolitan, less complacent and provincial, than biographers have assumed ever since Samuel Johnson doubted Browne's claim that his life up toage thirty resembled a romantic fiction filled with miracles and fables. The biography has extensive material for anyone interested in the histories of religion, education, science and medicine, seventeenth-century England, and early modern philosophy and literature.
Reid Barbour is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With David Norbrook, he is the editor of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson: Volume One: The Lucretius Translation (OUP); and he has published widely in the field of early modern English studies. With Brooke Conti, he is the editor of the forthcoming Oxfor...
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Title:Sir Thomas Browne: A LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pagesPublished:July 30, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019877835X

ISBN - 13:9780198778356

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: "my life . . . a peece of Poetry"PART ONE: SEEDSLondon, 1605-1616Winchester and Ireland, 1616-1623Oxford, 1623-1631PART TWO: TRANSPLANTMontpellier 1631-1632Padua 1632-1633Leiden 1633-1634PART THREE: FRUITIONHalifax, 1634-1637Norwich, 1637-1649Norwich, 1649-1660Norwich, 1660-1671Norwich, 1672-1682CONCLUSION: Chasing the ButterflyBibliography

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"Barbour's Life sets all of [Browne's] wavering reputation in meticulous context." --Brian Dillon, The Guardian 18/12/2013