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Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial); The Garden of Cyrus; Letter To A Friend: Thomas Browne's three most famous works

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by Sir Thomas Browne

    • Author

      Sir Thomas Browne

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Aziloth Books

    • Published

      August 2019

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      Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial); The Garden of Cyrus; Letter To A Friend: Thomas Browne's three most famous works

      Today's Price £9.54



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      The son of a London merchant, Thomas Browne settled in Norwich in 1637, practising medicine and interesting himself in a wide variety of subjects, upon which his pen was rarely silent. Browne’s style is complex and multilayered, deeply humane, and shot through with Classical and Biblical references. It also abounds in neologisms and he is credited with inventing more than 700 words, many – such a ‘electricity’ and ‘computer’ – still in common usage today. Thomas Browne remains one of Britain’s most original writers, with a host of admirers, including such literary ‘Greats’ as Dr. Johnson, Coleridge, and W. G. Sebald.
      'Hydriotaphia' (Urn Burial) is ostensibly an essay on ancient burial customs, but swiftly morphs into a study, at once witty and profound, on Death and humanity’s vain longing for an ‘immortal name’: “The iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction…”
      The second volume, 'The Garden of Cyrus', follows the pattern of the first, posing as an exposition on the importance of the ‘Quincunciall’ or ‘Net-pattern’ in both Nature and human culture, but gradual revealing itself as both a fascinating record of 17th century natural history and an insightful meditation on Life and Mysticism.

      Browne’s celebrated 'A Letter to a Friend' takes the form of a traditional 17th century mourning letter, but the melancholy subject is transformed by the author’s wit, humour and polished Baroque eloquence into an entrancing work of art. The essay came to light only after his death on October 19th 1682 which – strangely for a man obsessed with numerology – occurred exactly 77 years after his birth, on October 19th 1605.

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      • Author

        Sir Thomas Browne

      • Book Format

        Paperback

      • Publisher

        Aziloth Books

      • Published

        August 2019

      • Weight

        159g

      • Dimensions

        153 x 229 x 6 mm

      • ISBN

        9781911405900

      • ISBN-10

        191140590X

      • Eden Code

        5090120

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      • Author/Creator: Sir Thomas Browne

      • ISBN: 9781911405900

      • Publisher: Aziloth Books

      • Release Date: August 2019

      • Weight: 159g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 6 mm

      • Eden Code: 5090120


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