- Taschenbuch: 1424 Seiten
- Verlag: NYRB Classics; Auflage: Main. (30. April 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0940322668
- ISBN-13: 978-0940322660
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 5,7 x 20,3 cm
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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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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.
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.
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?
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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