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The Anatomy of Melancholy full title: The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically, Opened and Cut Up is a book by Robert Burtonfirst published inbut republished five more times over the next seventeen years with massive alterations and expansions. On its surface, the book is presented as a medical textbook in which Burton applies his vast and varied learning, in the scholastic manner, to the subject of melancholia which includes, although it is not limited to, what is now termed clinical depression.

Although 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.

In his satirical preface to the reader, Burton’s persona and pseudonym “Democritus Junior” explains, “I write of melancholy by being busy to avoid melancholy. Both satirical and serious in tone, the Anatomy is “vitalized by Burton’s pervading humour”, [2] and Burton’s digressive and inclusive style, often verging on a stream of consciousnessconsistently informs and animates the text.

Burton was an obsessive rewriter of his work and published five revised and expanded editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy during his lifetime. It has often been out of print, most notably between and Melancholythe subject of our present discourse, is either in disposition or in habit.


In disposition, is that transitory Melancholy which goes and comes upon every small occasion of sorrow, need, sickness, trouble, fear, grief, passion, or perturbation of the mind, any manner of care, discontent, or thought, which causes anguish, dulness, heaviness and vexation of spirit, any ways opposite to pleasure, mirth, joy, delight, causing forwardness in us, or a dislike.

The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

In which equivocal and improper sense, we call robeert melancholy, that is dull, sad, sour, lumpish, ill-disposed, solitary, any way moved, or displeased. And from these melancholy dispositions no man living is free, no Stoic, none so wise, none so happy, none so patient, so generous, so godly, so divine, melandolia can vindicate himself; so well-composed, but more or less, some time or other, he feels the smart of it. Melancholy in this sense is the character of Mortality This Melancholy of which we are to treat, is a habit, a serious ailment, a settled humouras Aurelianus and others call it, not errant, but fixed: In attacking his stated subject, Burton drew from nearly every science of his day, including psychology and physiologybut also astronomymeteorologyand theologyand even astrology and demonology.

Much of the book consists of quotations from various ancient and medieval medical authorities, beginning with HippocratesAristotleand Galen. Hence the Anatomy is filled with more or less pertinent references to the works of others.

A competent Latinist, Burton also included a great deal of Latin poetry in the Anatomyand many of his inclusions from ancient sources are left untranslated in the text. The Anatomy of Melancholy is an especially lengthy book, the first edition being a single quarto volume nearly pages long; subsequent editions were even longer.


The text is divided into three major sections plus an introduction, the whole written in Burton’s sprawling style. Characteristically, the introduction includes not only an author’s note titled “Democritus Junior to the Reader”but also a Latin poem “Democritus Junior to His Book”a warning to “The Reader Who Employs His Leisure Ill”, an abstract of the following text, and another poem explaining the frontispiece.

The following three sections proceed in a similarly exhaustive fashion: The Anatomy concludes with an extensive index which, many years later, The New York Times Book Review called “a readerly pleasure in itself” [5]. Most modern editions include many explanatory notes, and translate most of the Latin. Burton’s solemn tone and his endeavour to prove indisputable facts by weighty quotations were ridiculed by Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy.

Anatomia De La Melancolia / Melancholy’s Anatomy by Burton, Robert

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