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The Anatomy of Melancholy, Volume III : Volume III - Robert Burton

The Anatomy of Melancholy, Volume III

Volume III

Hardcover Published: 14th April 1994
ISBN: 9780198123316
Number Of Pages: 832

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This is the third and final text volume of the Clarendon edition of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy. It contains `The Third Partition', `The Table', edited from 1624-1651 editions, and their textual apparatus, and an Index of Persons. Also included are three appendices: `The Conclusion of the Author to the Reader', which occurs only in the 1621 edition, a list of stop-press corrections to the 1632 edition, and the edited Synoptic Tables.The Third Partition is made up of two grand digressions which conclude Burton's earlier arguments on the causes and cures of melancholy. In the first digression he anatomizes love melancholy, its kinds, causes and symptom, and cures. No one up to his time had dealt more elaborately, or more thoroughly, with the components of love. Certain sections, `Beauty a Cause', of `Jealousie, his Æquivocations, Name, Definition, Extent ...' are no less engaging today than when they were first written. In the second, religious melancholy, he surveys the aberrations from true religious commitment which are the cause of this melancholy. To Burton the divine, no other manifestation of melancholy was as serious as this, and his words of comfort, consolation, and encouragement, are a fitting end to his dissection of a disease that all are heir to.

`Rambling, anecdotal, full of exaggeration and digression, this volume is lit with the sympathy and humour that give Burton's writing its charm ... There is poetry and a kindness here that reaches across the centuries . Literary Review `He moves, more tactfully than formal rhetoric might allow, and yet with a hunter's instinct, through resonances that are themselves part of the accumulating memory of post-Reformation written and spoken English. ... he writes in commanding knowledge of ancient and modern predecessors ... and in the sharp awareness that priorities and circumstances are in process of change ... A sense of authorial pride and a sense of massive and grateful indebtedness seem to hold together in Burton.' Times Literary Supplement 'The three volumes comprising this portion of the Clarendon edition (two volumes of commentary are yet to come) provide the most thorough, scholarly, and useful edition of Burton's Anatomy ever produced. The editors' foresight and insight amazes, and the physical text itself is as presentable and readable as possible. No scholarly library of English-Renaissance works will want to be without this invaluable edition.' William C. Johnson, Northern Illinois University, Sixteenth Century Journal XXV/4 (1994) `They contain the complete text and the variant readings...the appearance of this fascinating, eccentric, and genuinely poetic work is very handsome...a responsible publication of an old author should serve both the research scholar and the common reader.' The New York Review `we have an authoritative edition of one of the most important, as well as compendious, works of seventeenth century literature and science...The editors and the Oxford Press deserve our thanks in bringing this giant task to completion in a readable form...for literary scholars and specialists, it can no longer be said that Burton 'awaits his editor'' Renaissance Quarterly

Note to Readers
Commentary to Partition 3
Biobibliography of Authors and Works
Cited in the Anatomy
Bibliography of Works
Cited in the Commentary
Index of Topics Discussed in the Anatomy
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198123316
ISBN-10: 0198123310
Series: Anatomy of Melancholy : Book 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 832
Published: 14th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.47