The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

400th Anniversary Edition

Hardback (01 Jul 2021)

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Burton's masterpiece, this fully edited, modern edition is published as a landmark hardback volume in Penguin Classics.

Robert Burton's labyrinthine, beguiling, playful masterpiece is his attempt to 'anatomize and cut up' every aspect of the condition of melancholy, from which he had suffered throughout his life. Ranging over beauty, digestion, the planets, alcohol, demons, kissing, poetry and the restorative power of books, among many other things, The Anatomy of Melancholy has fascinated figures from Samuel Johnson to Jorge Luis Borges since the seventeenth century, and remains an incomparable examination of the human condition in all its flawed, endless variety.

Edited with an introduction and notes by Angus Gowland

'The best book ever written' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

Book information

ISBN: 9780241533758
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: 400th Anniversary Edition
DEWEY: 828.308
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 34
Number of pages: 1376
Weight: 1334g
Height: 165mm
Width: 247mm
Spine width: 60mm