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The joy of books

The joy of reading does not emerge in silent reflection, grand old libraries and the hallowed halls of academe. It’s something more elemental than that – books are like keys in a lock that can turn to open doors into new places.

'Melancholy', 1894-1895 by Edvard Munch. He played a leading role in German expressionism.

Great Books: Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy

First published in 1621, Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy is a treatise, an encyclopedia, a self-help manual and more besides. Remarkably ahead of its time, this treasure trove contains unbounded riches for new readers.

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