ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

(1577-1640)


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."


TEXT RECORDS:

1621The Anatomy of Melancholy.

PUBLICATIONS:

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.