The Anatomy of Melancholy (Illustrated) by Democritus Junior

The Anatomy of Melancholy (Illustrated)

byDemocritus Junior

Kobo ebook | December 24, 2014

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 The Anatomy of Melancholy is an especially lengthy book, the first edition being a single quarto volume nearly 900 pages long; subsequent editions were even longer. The text is divided into three major sections plus an introduction, the whole written in Burton's sprawling style. Characteristically, the introduction includes not only an author's note (titled "Democritus Junior to the Reader"), but also a Latin poem ("Democritus Junior to His Book"), a warning to "The Reader Who Employs His Leisure Ill", an abstract of the following text, and another poem explaining the frontispiece. The following three sections proceed in a similarly exhaustive fashion: the first section focuses on the causes and symptoms of "common" melancholies, while the second section deals with cures for melancholy, and the third section explores more complex and esoteric melancholies, including the melancholy of lovers and all varieties of religious melancholies. The Anatomy concludes with an extensive index (which, many years later, The New York Times Book Review called "a readerly pleasure in itself"). Most modern editions include many explanatory notes, and translate most of the Latin.


Mental depression is such a common topic in lifestyle pages and pharmaceutical ads that Americans might be forgiven for thinking of it as a strictly modern malady. But the problem of chronic sadness is an old one, as we're reminded within the pages of Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Melancholy"—first published in 1621 and still in print nearly four centuries later.

Title:The Anatomy of Melancholy (Illustrated)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 24, 2014Publisher:AGEB PublishingLanguage:English

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