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Browne is a cracked archangel.

—Herman Melville

Urn Burial, one of the most influential essays in Western literature, is now available as an ND Pearl.

Available October 26, 1990

Urn Burial

Nonfiction by Thomas Browne

With a contribution by

Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial, is one of the pinnacles of Renaissance scholarship and without doubt one of the great essays in English literature. Beginning with observations on the recent discovery of Roman antiquities in the form of burial urns, Browne’s associative mind wanders to elephant graveyards, to pre-Christian cremation ceremonies, and finally to the idea of Christian burial. Browne then explores, with a more melancholic meditation, man’s struggles with mortality and the uncertainty of his fate and fame in the living world. This edition includes a magisterial discourse on Sir Thomas Browne taken from the first chapter of W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.

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Paperback (published October 26, 1990)

ISBN
9780811218924
Price US
9.95
Price CN
13
Trim Size
4.5x7
Page Count
96

Ebook (published October 26, 1990)

ISBN
9780811221542
Price US
9.95
Page Count
96

Thomas Browne

17th Century English writer

Browne is a cracked archangel.

—Herman Melville

It smells in every word of the sepulchre.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The iniquity of oblivion blindly scatters her poppyseed and when wretchedness falls upon us one summer’s day like snow, all we wish for is to be forgotten. These are the circles Browne’s thoughts describe.

—W. G. Sebald