Some Anatomies of Melancholy (Penguin Books: Great Ideas)

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Not simply an investigation into melancholy, these unique essays form part of a panoramic celebration of human behaviour from the time of the ancients to the Renaissance. God, devils, old age, diet, drunkenness, love and beauty are each given equal consideration in this all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

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Robert Burton (1577 1640) was an English scholar and vicar at Oxford University, best known for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy.

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