The Anatomy of Robert Burton's England

The Anatomy of Robert Burton's England

The Anatomy of Robert Burton's England

The Anatomy of Robert Burton's England

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THIS STUDY, first suggested to me by Professor Walter E. Houghton, Jr., in a series of lectures on seventeenthcentury English prose given at Harvard University in 1939, is a revision of my doctoral dissertation presented to the English Department of Harvard University in 1942. To the directors of my dissertation, Professor Douglas Bush and Professor Kenneth B. Murdock, I wish to express my gratitude for their kindness during my graduate school days and in the ensuing years. Professor Houghton, now of Wellesley College, and Professor George Reuben Potter of the University of California were very helpful in their criticisms of an early draft of this monograph. During the later stages of my manuscript, the editors of the University of California English Studies and Miss Genevieve Rogers of the University of California Press were of real assistance. The courteous treatment extended by the staffs of the Widener Library, the Houghton Library, the Kress Library of Business and Economics, the Henry E. Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library has been much appreciated. I wish to thank the Trustees of the Henry E. Huntington Library for permission to reproduce in part an article published in the Huntington Library Quarterly. My thanks are due also to the following publishers for permission to quote from copyrighted material: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., publishers of Eli F. Heckscher's Mercantilism (1925); A. and C. Black, Ltd., publishers of E. Lipson's The Economic History of England (1931); E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., publishers of the Everyman Edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1937); The Clarendon Press, publishers of Margaret Alice Murray's The Witch-Cult in Western Europe (1921); and The University of North Carolina Press, publishers of George Wesley Whiting's Milton's Literary . . .

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