- Category : Writers-Fiction
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- Definition : Single
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British astrologer, mathematician, scholar and Reverend rector of Seagrave. From a profound personal awareness in 1621, he wrote "Anatomy of Melancholy" under the pseudonym of Democritus Junior. Educated in Oxford, he was elected fellow of Christ Church College in 1599 and received his bachelor's degree of divinity in 1614. He remained at the college as librarian, tutor and scholar for the rest of his life. He was also appointed vicar of St. Thomas's in Oxford starting in 1616. The author of several Latin poems, his noted Latin comedy, "Philosophaster," written in 1606 and performed in 1617 was followed by his most famed piece "Anatomy of Melancholy," 1621. This was enlarged and revised several times by the author; basically a treatise on various forms of emotional disturbance and is considered a valuable document of the intellectual history of the seventeenth century.
Burton died at Oxford on 25 January 1639. There wss a rumor that he hanged himself.