The Anatomy of Melancholy Volume 1


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The Anatomy of Melancholy is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621. On its surface, the book is a medical textbook in which Burton applies his large and varied learning in the scholastic manner to the subject of melancholia (which includes what is now termed clinical depression).

Though presented as a medical text, The Anatomy of Melancholy is as much a sui generis work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, and Burton addresses far more than his stated subject. In fact, the Anatomy uses melancholy as the lens through which all human emotion and thought may be scrutinized, and virtually the entire contents of a 17th-century library are marshalled into service of this goal.

Burton is forthright about his intentions in writing the Anatomy — "I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy," he concedes. This acknowledged desire to distract and amuse himself motivated Burton to produce a wide-ranging document, containing digressions and commentary. Whatever its strengths as a medical text or as a historical document, it is the Anatomy's vast breadth — addressing topics such as digestion, goblins, the geography of America, and others — and the particularly characteristic voice of its author that are most commonly cited by its admirers as the main sources of its appeal. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is "vitalized by (Burton's) pervading humour", and Burton's digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousness, consistently informs and animates the text. (Summary from Wikipedia) (21 hr 50 min)

Chapters

01 - Advertisement of the last London edition & Account of the author 24:46 Read by TriciaG
02 - Dedication and Argument 14:22 Read by TriciaG
03 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 1 17:12 Read by Kristine Bekere
04 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 2 27:37 Read by MorganScorpion
05 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 3 22:26 Read by hefyd
06 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 4 28:07 Read by hefyd
07 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 5 19:36 Read by hefyd
08 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 6 31:38 Read by hefyd
09 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 7 22:38 Read by hefyd
10 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 8 22:40 Read by hefyd
11 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 9 33:11 Read by hefyd
12 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 10 25:50 Read by hefyd
13 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 11 34:31 Read by hefyd
14 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 12 31:04 Read by hefyd
15 - Democritus Junior to the reader part 13 28:37 Read by MorganScorpion
16 - Partition 1, Section 1, Member 1, Subsection 1 20:52 Read by MorganScorpion
17 - Partition 1, Section 1, Member 1, Subsections 2-5 27:25 Read by MorganScorpion
18 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 1-4 25:12 Read by Anna Simon
19 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 5-8 26:09 Read by Margaret Espaillat
20 - Partition 1, Section 1 , Member 2, Subsections 9 - 11 18:38 Read by Kalynda
21 - Partition 1, Section 1, Member 3 24:13 Read by MorganScorpion
22 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 1, Subsections 1 and 2 part 1 28:04 Read by MorganScorpion
23 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 1, Subsection 2 part 2 30:13 Read by MorganScorpion
24 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 2, Subsections 2 part 3 28:52 Read by MorganScorpion
25 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 2, Subsections 4-6 35:34 Read by Chris Caron
26 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 1 28:01 Read by MorganScorpion
27 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 2, Subsection 2 13:47 Read by MorganScorpion
28 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 2, Subsections 3 - 4 21:28 Read by MorganScorpion
29 - Partition 1, Section 2, Member 2, Subsection 5 12:15 Read by MorganScorpion
30 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 2, Subsections 6-7 31:28 Read by Grant Hurlock
31 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 1-2 27:34 Read by Grant Hurlock
32 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 3-6 20:42 Read by Grant Hurlock
33 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 7-9 21:42 Read by Luigina
34 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 10 26:40 Read by MorganScorpion
35 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsections 11-12 20:37 Read by MorganScorpion
36 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 13 14:17 Read by MorganScorpion
37 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 14 24:56 Read by MorganScorpion
38 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 15, Part 1 27:27 Read by Anna Simon
39 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 15, Part 2 17:04 Read by Anna Simon
40 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 3, Subsection 15, Part 3 22:41 Read by Anna Simon
41 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 1-2 14:49 Read by MorganScorpion
42 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 3-4 22:42 Read by MorganScorpion
43 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsections 5-6 39:09 Read by MorganScorpion
44 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsection 7, Part 1 22:42 Read by MorganScorpion
45 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 4, Subsection 7, Part 2 26:32 Read by Chris Caron
46 - Partition 1, Section 2 , Member 5 25:07 Read by hefyd
47 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 1 8:46 Read by Anna Simon
48 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 2 40:46 Read by Karen
49 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 3 21:09 Read by hefyd
50 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 1, Subsection 4 15:21 Read by MorganScorpion
51 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 2 30:36 Read by Anna Simon
52 - Partition 1, Section 3 , Member 3 30:05 Read by hefyd
53 - Partition 1, Section 4 33:03 Read by hefyd

Reviews

pat


(5 stars)

a wonderful book well worth a listen and well done to all the readers