Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall

Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall Review

Sir Thomas Browne is one of the supreme stylists of the English language: a coiner of words and spinner of phrases to rival Shakespeare; the wielder of a weird and wonderful erudition; an  inquiring spirit in the mold of Montaigne. Browne was an inspiration to the Romantics as well as to W.G. Sebald, and his work is quirky, sonorous, and enchanting.

Here this baroque master’s two most enduring and admired works, Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall, appear in a new edition that has been annotated and introduced by the distinguished scholars Ramie Targoff and Stephen Greenblatt (author of the best-selling Will in the World and the National Book Award–winning The Swerve). In Religio Medici Browne mulls over the relation between his medical profession and his profession of the Christian faith, pondering the respective claims of science and religion, questions that are still very much alive today. The discovery of an ancient burial site in an English field prompted Browne to write Urne-Buriall, which is both an early  anthropological examination of different practices of interment and a profound meditation on mortality. Its grave and exquisite music has resounded for generations.

Title:Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall
Edition Language:English

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    Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall Reviews

  • Cornelius Browne

    Three and a half centuries old, and handsomely resurrected this autumn by New York Review of Books, Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall are probably the works that have secured Sir Thomas Browne's afterli...

  • Alex Sarll

    Two rambling, amazing essays from that spell of the early seventeenth century when the English language was really starting to stretch its legs and realise what it could do. In verse, Shakespeare; in ...

  • Richard S

    Browne is a superb writer, an English Montaigne. I can see his stylistic influence on others, particularly Charles Lamb (and some of his prejudices are the same). Religio is a masterpiece of personal ...

  • Chuck LoPresti

    Possibly the greatest prose stylist the English language can claim also possesses a strong sense of courage, depth of discourse and musical sense of crescendo. What can't this be a five? Perhaps it's ...

  • Robert

    I have been told that the style of Sir Thomas Browne's prose surpasses anything else written in the English language. After finishing this beautiful NYRB edition, I am inclined to add my support to th...

  • DoctorM

    Two brilliantly eccentric and intriguing essays by one of the masters of English prose. "Urne-Buriall" especially is one of the half-forgotten gems of English literature--- one of those long walks thr...

  • Chelsea Rae

    (more like 4.5)"The earth is a point not onely in respect of the heavens above us, but of that heavenly and celestiall part within us: that masse of flesh that circumscribes me, limits not my mind: th...

  • Caleb

    But the iniquity of oblivion blindely scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity. Who can but pity the founder of the Pyramids? Herostratus lives...

  • Jackson Cyril

    No review of mine can rival Virginia Woolf's magnificent judgement on Browne, "The tavern music, the Ave Mary bell, the broken urn that the workman has dug out of the field plunge him into the depths ...

  • Anand

    Blessed be the cracked archangel. Religio Medici, his eloquent and learned treatise of being a Christian and a scientist - full of the deep questions of faith that animate us all to the end. Urne Buri...