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In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind
     

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind

by Aldersey-Williams Hugh, Simon Vance (Narrated by)
 

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell's book Montaigne, HOW TO LIVE, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but also

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Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell's book Montaigne, HOW TO LIVE, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but also champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind for our own age. Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero's footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne's time and ours. He reveals how Browne's preoccupations – how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in natures, how to unite science and religion – are relevant today. And he shows how Sir Thomas Browne himself remains, and Stephen Greenblatt has written, “unnervingly one of or most adventurous contemporaries.”  

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Library Journal - Audio
09/01/2015
Listeners encounter the life story of 17th-century physician, natural philosopher, and gentleman Sir Thomas Browne in the same lyrical and inquisitive manner as he wrote himself. Aldersey-Williams (Anatomies) tells the tale of Browne's life and works with style and grace. Browne is perhaps best known for his Religio Medici (1643) or his Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646). He is also well known for coining new terms and phrases and is in the top 100 of the Oxford English Dictionary's most cited sources; among the words whose first usage is credited to Browne are ambidextrous, cylindrical, and precocious. Simon Vance's narrative ability makes listening to the work an absolute pleasure. Browne's words and works are placed in context of his era and examined with the perspective of time. VERDICT This work will be highly sought after by those interested in the history of science and history in general because of the content and the lyrical way it is told. Highly recommended. ["Aldersey-Williams's passion will make the reader intrigued by this often overlooked writer. This exploration of his interests will attract readers of biography, medicine, natural history, religion, and English literature": LJ 5/1/15 review of the Norton hc.]—Eric D. Albright, Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Lib., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622317615
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
06/15/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.

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