SIR THOMAS BROWNE (1605-1682) was an English Renaissance author and physician. He wrote about medicine, geography, philosophy, and Christian spirituality. STEPHEN GREENBLATT is Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Vermont. RAMIE TARGOFF is professor of English at Brandeis University. She is the author of Common Prayer and John Donne, Body and Soul.
'a welcome complement to these scholarly projects. The text preserves original spelling and notes; a finely wrought, judicious introduction describes Browne's wide-ranging curiosity, his influences, his self-fascination, his faith and doubts. A pocket edition of Browne is good to have not least because his aphoristic style rewards casual reading. Open it at any page and find a surprise.' London Review of Books 'Thomas Browne's Religio Medici is one of the most significant literary achievements of the 17th century yet hardly anyone bothers to read it. This edition should change all that.' The Glasgow Herald 'Greenblatt and Targoff reveal the humanity, and even the familiarity, behind Browne's work' Times Literary Supplement 'A thing of delightful rarity and strangeness' Irish Times 'hypnotic prose...like having an audience with Hamlet' The Independent