Thomas Browne: 21st-Century Oxford Authors by Kevin Killeen

Thomas Browne: 21st-Century Oxford Authors

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The Browne volume in the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series offers a comprehensive selection of the work of the author of some of the most brilliant and delirious prose in English Literature. Lauded by writers ranging from Coleridge to Virginia Woolf, from Borges to W.G. Sebal, Sir ThomasBrowne's distinct style and the musicality of his phrasing have long been seen as a pinnacle of early modern prose. However, it is Browne's range of subject matter that makes him truly distinct. His writings include the hauntingly meditative Urn-Burial, in which the broken shards of urns found in afield lead him onto a history of mortality and oblivion, and the elaborate Escheresque architecture of The Garden of Cyrus, a work that borders on a madness of infinite pattern. Religio Medici, probably Browne's most enduringly famous work, is at once autobiography, intricate religious-scientificparadox, and a monument of tolerance in the era of the English civil war. This volume also includes his Pseudodoxia Epidemica, an encyclopaedia of error which contains within its vast remit the entire intellectual landscape of the seventeenth century - its science, its natural history, its painting, its history, its geography and its biblical oddities. Across this rangeof material, Browne brings his lucid, baroque and stylish prose to bear, together with a carefully poised wit. This volume contains almost all of the author's published work, as well as much of his posthumous writing, together with detailed endnotes and an expansive introduction to Browne's work andlife.

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Kevin Killeen is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of York. He has written extensively on Thomas Browne and the intellectual culture of the seventeenth century, as well as the history of science and religion. He writes also on the politics of early modern England and its use of the Bible in thinking about political ques...
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Title:Thomas Browne: 21st-Century Oxford AuthorsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:May 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of illustrationsIntroductionNotes on Text and AnnotationReligio Medici (1643)Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646)Hydriotaphia or Urn-Burial (1658)The Garden of Cyrus (1658)Certain Miscellany Tracts (1683)Letter to a Friend (1690)Christian Morals (1716)Notes