The Anatomy of Melancholy (New York Review of Books Classics Series)

The Anatomy of Melancholy (New York Review of Books Classics Series)

ISBN-10:
0940322668
ISBN-13:
9780940322660
Pub. Date:
04/28/2001
Publisher:
New York Review Books
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The Anatomy of Melancholy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
garrett64 More than 1 year ago
This massive book is by far the most challenging, yet the most rewarding book I have ever tackled. Do not attempt to read this book from cover to cover, because it is not possible. Read a few pages at a time and let it sink in...that is the only way to really understand Mr. Burton. This book is funny, disturbing, interesting, and thought provoking! A must read for anyone dealing with "Melancholy" or for those that appreciate a true master piece. I have given this book out as gifts, and with sincere thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After five weeks I'm only halfway through this magnificent, shaggy tome, but whereas at the outset I was good for only five or ten pages at a sitting, I now go thirty to sixty. I took up 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' (hereafter 'TAoM') on the word of the late Robertson Davies, who described it in superlatives, and but for the esteem in which I held the great Canadian magical realist I might have given up within the first hundred pages before the spell took hold. But once you catch the rhythm of this magical book... I'm going to have to quote here from the preface to a variant of this edition: ***'The Anatomy of Melancholy' is the revelation of a personality...so vivid and generous, so tolerant and cranky and wise, so filled with bizarre knowledge and so rich in absurd and touching anecdotes, that an hour in his company is a stimulant to the soul.'*** That about says it. To read 'TAoM' is to be placed in intimate contact with the mind of a tireless scholar who lived four centuries ago, whose insatiable hunger to know the world and whose charming digressions constitute between them an extraordinarily evocative picture of a seventeenth century mind. As I say, I'm only halfway through this, and it took me two weeks to slog through what I'm sure would be less than two days upon the re- reading to make it past the author's preface, but I'm already starting to bore my friends like a new convert to some regimen of exercise, religion, 9/11 conspiracy, or diet. Take up this tome, read it at bedside first for its soporific qualities (I defy you to go five pages at a strech initially) and later because you'll not know how you got this far without it.
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Warning: this LuLu Press version only downloaded 171 pages.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have had anatomy of meloncoly for at least 15 years i studied it in college for my disertation and have concluded that this is essential reading for all under grads