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Selected Writings: Sir Thomas Browne

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This selection of Sir Thomas Browne's writings presents the full range of his exuberant enthusiasms and his richly textured, allusive language. Browne's discussion on death and resurrection, sneezing, astronomy, ostriches, hieroglyphics, and rainbows are included, as are thematically arranged extracts, annotated texts, and a detailed introduction with a list of further rea ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published May 28th 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published January 26th 1970)
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Matthew
Apr 02, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
Thomas Browne is complex. I don't agree with him on almost anything, but I'm fascinated by his work. With both Borges and Sebald referencing Urn Burial, I had to read it eventually, and I'm pleased that I've done so. A little passage at the end of it gave me an idea for a story.

I contacted the editor of this book, Dr. Claire Preston, to ask her a question about the text, and she was extremely helpful. Her selection is idiosyncratic and seemingly pretty arbitrary, but Browne's work is so varied t
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Hard read but worth the effort to gain an insight into the thinking and state of sociological thinking at a point in history that I personally find fascinating.
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After graduating M.A. from Broadgates Hall, Oxford (1629), he studied medicine privately and worked as an assistant to an Oxford doctor. He then attended the Universities of Montpellier and Padua, and in 1633 he was graduated M.D. at Leiden. Browne's medical education in Europe also earned him incorporation as M.D. from Oxford, and in 1637 he moved to Norwich, where he lived and practiced medicine ...more
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