Religio Medici, and Urne-Buriall, By Sir Thomas Browne

 

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From Coleridge to Woolf and Sebald, later writers have fallen in love with the hypnotic prose of Thomas Browne.

The quest of this Norwich doctor (1605-1682) to understand himself, life and death in the light of faith, science and history comprises a unique self-portrait.

This reader-friendly edition shows that though religion, medicine and archaeology have moved on, his questions remain, eg "How the bulk of a man should sink into so few pounds of bones and ashes". Like having an audience with Hamlet.

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