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The Anatomy of Melancholy Volume 2

Robert Burton

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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 Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic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:

12h 58m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

40:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

46:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:53