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British physician and author Browne (1605-82) was primarily interested in fragments, remains, and tokens that could provide material, textual, and conceptual clues to a ruined or lost order, says Preston (English, U. of Cambridge), and argues that the attempted, achieved, or failed restitution of that order is an organizing structure of all his major works. She examines his work in light of related disciplines and practices loosely called natural philosophy or the new empiricism of the late-16th and 17th centuries. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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About the Author
Claire Preston is Fellow and Lecturer in English, Sidney Sussex College, and Newton Trust Lecturer, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
1. Browne's civility; 2. Religio Medici: the junior endeavour; 3. The civil monument: Pseudodoxia Epidemica and investigative culture; 4. The laureate of the grave: Urne-Buriall and the failure of memory; 5. The jocund cabinet and the melancholy museum: a brief excursion into Brownean comedy; 6. The epitome of the earth: The Garden of Cyrus and verdancy; 7. The fruits of natural knowledge: the fugitive writings, and a conclusion.