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 burtons sprawling style. The anatomy of melancholy appeared in five editions during the authors lifetime and has been reprinted countless times since william h gass b 1924 is an essayist novelist and literary critic he grew up in ohio and is a former professor of philosophy at washington university. The anatomy of melancholy goes quite beyond the titled gloominess to spread melancholy onto a compendium of human conditions complete with symptoms prognostics and the various cures ever known in the western world. The anatomy of melancholy what it is with all the kinds causes symptoms prognostics and several cures of it in three partitions with their several sections members and subsections philosophically medicinally historically opened and cut up by democritus junior robert burton with a satirical preface conducing to the following discourse. Burtons anatomy of melancholy he dr johnson said was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise boswells life of johnson vol i p 580 8vo edit burtons anatomy of melancholy is a valuable book said dr johnson it is perhaps overloaded with quotation
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