746 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1.81 in
April 1, 1992
Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0198124481
ISBN - 13: 9780198124481
About the Book
Burton's learned and satirical The Anatomy of Melancholy (first published in 1621) is one of the last great works of English prose to have remained unedited. This volume inaugurates an authoritative edition of the work, which is being prepared by a team of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. It will be followed by two further volumes of text with textual apparatus, and two volumes of commentary.
From the Publisher
Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the last great works of English prose to have remained unedited. The present volume inaugurates an authoritative edition of the work, which is being prepared by scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. It will be followed by two further
volumes of text with textual apparatus, and two volumes of commentary.
Burton concentrated a lifetime of inquiry into the Anatomy, describing and analysing melancholy and its causes - devoting especial attention to love and religion - and recording possible cures. Primarily a scholarly study of morbid psychology, it is also a compendium of curious facts and anecdotes,
and combines seriousness of purpose with a marked satirical vein.
First published in 1621, it was a great success: four more editions were published in Burton's lifetime, in each of which new material was added, and a sixth, containing his final revisions, was published in in 1651, eleven years after his death. The textual complexity and Burton's extraordinary
range of reference have hitherto deterred editors: this is the first scholarly edition to appear. The text is based on a complete collation of all six authoritative editions.
About the Author
Thomas C. Faulkner is at Washington State University. Nicholas K. Kiessling is at Washington State University.
`the physical representation of the text...is generally excellent. The printing of the textual notes is just beautiful, with each textual note getting its own line! Doubtless, the Clarendon edition of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy will be the standard text of the work for a long
time and greatly benefit critics and students. The bibliographical work shows great care and thought, and the textual apparatus is as comprehensive as a modern publisher is likely to produce.'