1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

Samuel Johnson, 1776; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 2:504.



Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy is a valuable book. It is perhaps overloaded with quotation; but there is great spirit and a great power in what Burton says, when he writes from his own mind. It is the only book that ever took me out of bed two hours sooner than I wished to rise.