A guidebook to melancholia or depression, and a masterly, all-encompassing examination of the human condition The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression, as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics, including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorizable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

Paperback / softback  Trade paperback (UK)  (Text (eye-readable))  1376pp  h234mm  x  w153mm  x s56mm  1227g  Trade paperback (UK) 

ISBN13: 9780141192284