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The Anatomy of Melancholy (New York Review Books Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. April 2001

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One of the major documents of modern European civilisation, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century. Lewellyn Powys called it 'the greatest work of prose of the greatest period of English prosewriting', while the celebrated surgeon William Osler declared it the greatest of medical treatises. And Dr Johnson, Boswell reports, said it was the only book that he rose early in the morning to read with pleasure. In this surprisingly compact and elegant new edition, Burton's spectacular verbal labyrinth is sure to delight, instruct, and divert today's readers as much as it has those of the past four centuries.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen this edition, not the work itself 27. September 2011
Von bobo adobo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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i'm a little embarrassed that i didn't guess from the title [anatomy of melancholy [comma]] that this wasn't a good edition of the book. as others have said, this isn't the complete book, it's not even clear which part of the work you're reading, under the "publication data" there's a strange apology/disavowal of guilt re: the awful quality of the book that reads like a customer service empathy 101 handbook ["we understand how annoying typos, missing text and illustration can be." and "if you would prefer that we manually type, proof read and design your book so that it's perfect, we are happy to do that. simply contact us via the website for the cost." are you kidding me?]

also, instead of spoiling the plot by citing typos in the text i'll just note the end of the book:

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hmm. represents the clinically depressed burton bashing his head against the typewriter, or the clinically depressed copy editor giving the big eff you to his tyrannical penny pinching boss? ah well, i'm keeping this book for three reasons: 1. because it's charming in the way errors at chinese restaurants are charming, 2. because my roommate threw a half full beer can in the garbage before i could fish out the packaging/receipt and 3. because in the throes of melancholy who cares enough to not be had by bootleggers anyway. you win bootleggers, you win.
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen " That's a good question. No one really *reads* "The Anatomy of ... 1. August 2015
Von G. Mosley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Amazon Review -bot asked me how this "story" is "narrated." That's a good question. No one really *reads* "The Anatomy of Melancholy" from stem to stern. One jumps in and begins dog paddling, floating, diving, and surfing, because this book is a sum of a life's learning. It is the life of the mind at Oxford in the 1620's. It has jokes, satires, wonderfully excessive lists, more learning than a set of encyclopedias, and more liveliness than a frat party.

My reservations are that this edition is the only affordable one in print, and it is still neither unabridged (when you see the book, and it's the size of a cinder block, you won't believe me, but it's true) nor with sufficient emendations. I shouldn't blame the NYRB folks for not making a standard critical edition at a mass paperback price point, but, well, I guess I am.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good read 4. Februar 2014
Von David McAllister - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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But the decision to put the entire book into a single paperback volume was a bad mistake. It's impossible to hold it in any position or to turn the pages. Would have been much better to split it out into the three "partitions." I tried a couple of the kindle versions, but they are poorly edited, and the Latin and Greek (pretty extensive here) are not systematically translated.

As for the book itself, you have probably seen it mentioned so many times that you have finally decided to see what all the rumpus is about. And it is truly wonderful. Compare to Montaigne. ..... Burton is even more poetic, and earthier too, and even more humorous.

The amazing M. A. Screech, editor of (Penguin's) Montaigne, far exceeds this Burton's editor, Holbrook Jackson, in erudition and in helpfulness. The former is a modern scholar and the latter is vintage. I wish Screech, or someone like him, would get busy on Anatomy. (Sure, but but who could do anything approaching his accomplishment on Montaigne?). The intro here by William H. Gass is a great benefit of this edition, and in fact maybe we should pick up Gass' books next.

My advice is to read the 3rd partition first, in case you don't think you will read the whole work. My favorite partition, anyway.

I wish I had had time for a more studious reading, looking up the notes and looking more closely at the Latin, but alas I did not. Anyway, these notes just cite the sources of the quotations, nothing more. The reading alone is still a considerable effort, but very very worth it. You will wish you had known the author personally, just as you have imagined talking with Montaigne. A long wonderful book is just several wonderful shorter ones, so why be afraid?
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Avoid the Kindle Edition 3. Januar 2017
Von Bif Bechenschnifter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have the hardback version (NYRB edition) and I love it. It's an amazing creation.
My one-star review is for the Kindle edition (a Google books facsimile) which is completely unreadable. This is not an overstatement. It actually is unreadable (some horrible problem with trying to digitize images of old texts). It's hard to complain about a 99 cent price, but in this case, it was 99 cents thrown away.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Look for three volumes! 26. Januar 2014
Von Janet F. Guerrin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm sure this is wonderful and looked forward to reading it, but this edition is (mechanically) impossible to read. It is VERY heavy, very hard to hold open because it is far too thick for it's size, and printed in microtype. I guess I wait for a gift of a three volume set!
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