In Search of Sir Thomas Browne

The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z100015071
Released: Jun 15, 2015
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ISBN: #9781622317622
Narrator/s: Simon Vance
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell's book Montaigne, How To Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but also champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind for our own age. Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero's footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne's time and ours. He reveals how Browne's preoccupations-how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in natures, how to unite science and religion-are relevant today. And he shows how Sir Thomas Browne himself remains, and Stephen Greenblatt has written, "unnervingly one of or most adventurous contemporaries."

Original Publish Date: Jun 15, 2015


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In Search of Sir Thomas Browne
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Narrator(s): Simon Vance
Product Number DD16458
Released: Jun 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781622317615

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"This fine audio production illustrates the great appeal of audiobooks today, not just for mainstream titles but also for those pockets of interest that seemingly target only a narrow range of listeners. Essayist, stylist, and prolific word-maker Sir Thomas Browne is almost forgotten in literature today, but he's a fascinating personality, and his life and writings prove highly illustrative of his age, especially its medical practices and beliefs. Simon Vance is adept at balancing the author's contemporary approach with Browne's famously baroque style. This reflective biography is probably not for everyone, but for those who love the unique and obscure and odd, as Browne did, this title offers many pleasures. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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