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The Resource In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind, Hugh Aldersey-Williams

In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind, Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind
Title
In search of Sir Thomas Browne
Title remainder
the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind
Statement of responsibility
Hugh Aldersey-Williams
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Language
eng
Summary
"The extraordinary life and ideas of one of the greatest--and most neglected--minds in history. Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure like Sarah Bakewell's book about Montaigne, How to Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind. Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero's footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne's time and ours. We meet Browne the master prose stylist, responsible for introducing hundreds of words into English, including electricity, hallucination, and suicide. Aldersey-Williams reveals how Browne's preoccupations--how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in nature, how to unite science and religion--are relevant today. In Search of Sir Thomas Browne is more than just a biography--it is a cabinet of wonders and an argument that Browne, standing at the very gates of modern science, remains an inquiring mind for our own time. As Stephen Greenblatt has written, Browne is "unnervingly one of our most adventurous contemporaries" --
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 828/.409
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3327
LC item number
.A88 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind, Hugh Aldersey-Williams
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Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title The adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st century" -- Verso title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction -- Biography -- Physic -- Animals -- Plants -- Science -- Tolerance -- Faith -- Melancholy -- Objects -- The end -- Timelines -- Major works of Thomas Browne -- References and further reading
Control code
1604784
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xx, 330 pages
Isbn
9780393241648
Lccn
2015010241
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1604784
  • (Sirsi) 1604784
  • (OCoLC)891611145
Label
In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind, Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title The adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st century" -- Verso title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction -- Biography -- Physic -- Animals -- Plants -- Science -- Tolerance -- Faith -- Melancholy -- Objects -- The end -- Timelines -- Major works of Thomas Browne -- References and further reading
Control code
1604784
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xx, 330 pages
Isbn
9780393241648
Lccn
2015010241
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1604784
  • (Sirsi) 1604784
  • (OCoLC)891611145

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