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On DemandWriting for the Market in Early Modern England$
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David Baker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804738569

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.001.0001

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“Idleness is an appendix to nobility”: The Preface to Robert Burton's ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’

“Idleness is an appendix to nobility”: The Preface to Robert Burton's ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’

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(p.121) Chapter Five “Idleness is an appendix to nobility”: The Preface to Robert Burton's ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.003.0005

This chapter analyzes the preface to Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1621). It shows that Burton's preface pulls the reader in, where they are quickly put to work piecing together a sense of the demand-led economy which is coming into being around them; that, indeed, their own work in other venues is helping to bring into being. In the “textual economy” of the Anatomy, choice is hard, but work is rewarded. It has a yield. For the exegete canny and dedicated enough to read much beyond the frontispiece, the preface to Burton's Anatomy is an invitation to work, to eschew idleness for a labor that matches the author's own.

Keywords:   demand, textual economy, work, labor

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