Robert Burton was born in Leicestershire in 1577 and studied grammar at Sutton-Coldfield in Warwickshire. He entered Brasenose College Oxford in 1593, though he took his degrees at Christ Church (B.A. 1602, M.A. 1605, B.D. 1614). Burton was afterwards vicar of St Thomas's, Oxford (1616) and rector of Burton Segrave, Leicestershire (1632-40). "Democritus Junior" spent much of his life composing and revising his Anatomy of Melancholy. Merritt Y. Hughes once described Burton as "the best commentator on Spenser."
The anatomy of melancholy. 1621, etc.
Philosophaster, poemata, ed. W. E. Buckley. 1862.
Philosophaster, with an English translation, and minor writings in prose and verse, ed. Paul Jordan-Smith. 1931.