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The Anatomy of Melancholy Volume 1

Robert Burton

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression). Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal. Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy — "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes. This acknowledged desire to distract and amuse himself motivated Burton to produce a wide-ranging document, containing digressions and commentary. Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic voice of its author that are most commonly cited by its admirers as the main sources of its appeal. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text. (Summary from Wikipedia)

The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression). Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal. Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy — "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes. This acknowledged desire to distract and amuse himself motivated Burton to produce a wide-ranging document, containing digressions and commentary. Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic voice of its author that are most commonly cited by its admirers as the main sources of its appeal. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression). Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal. Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy — "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes. This acknowledged desire to distract and amuse himself motivated Burton to produce a wide-ranging document, containing digressions and commentary. Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic voice of its author that are most commonly cited by its admirers as the main sources of its appeal. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

21h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

33:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

35:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

31:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

27:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

39:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

26:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

25:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

40:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

15:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

30:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

30:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

33:04