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" add, of my own knowledge, that it was a book that Dr. Johnson frequently resorted to, as many others have done, for amusement after the fatigue of study. H.—Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, Johnson said, was the only book that ever took him out of bed... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 107
by Samuel Johnson - 1825
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Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1998 - 1492 pages
...conversant the writers were with the best models of antiquity. ‘Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, he said, was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise. ‘He frequently exhorted me to set about writing a History of Ireland, and archly remarked,...
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The Anatomy of Bibliomania

Holbrook Jackson - 2001 - 668 pages
...Works. (1697) 333. early except when he was writing the Rambler; 1 and Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.3 Samuel Pepys rose at four o'clock in the morning to read Cicero's Second Oration; Macaulay,...
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The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion

Richard K. Fenn - 2003 - 508 pages
...rope-dancing, Johnson recommended reading Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (Boswell 1979:690). Because it was the only book "that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise" (Boswell:438), we may assume that, for Johnson, reading about melancholy was one of the methods...
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The Anatomy of Bibliomania

Holbrook Jackson - 2001 - 668 pages
...Works. (1697) 333. early except when he was writing the Rambler; 1 and Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.* Samuel Pepys rose at four o'clock in the morning to read Cicero's Second Oration; Macaulay,...
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The Anxieties of Idleness: Idleness in Eighteenth-century British Literature ...

Sarah Jordan - 2003 - 298 pages
...prevent insanity from burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, a book he greatly admired, saying once that it "was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise." 47 In writing to Boswell about Boswell's melancholy, Johnson says, "The great direction which...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 pages
...fascinate Johnson. Boswell records Maxwell's observation that “Burton's ‘Anatomy of Melancholy'. . . was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise,” along withJohnson's own evaluation of the work: “Burton's ‘Anatomy of Melancholy' is a...
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