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Robert Burton (1577 - 1640)

Books by this author: The Anatomy of Melancholy
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  • Praise for Robert Burton (1577 - 1640) 'Burton's kaleidoscopic seventeenth century compendium of history, folklore, medicine, magic, theology, food, astrology and love. The range of his knowledge is staggering.'
    Hugh Whitemore

    'This vast attic of a book is the strangest, funniest, and most consoling work I know. It's the last full expression of the pre-modern world, a compendium of bizarre anecdotes, rough wisdom, and sardonic commentary.'
    Philip Pullman
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