melancholy

Books

A terrible swift exile

Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy.
By David S. Awbrey. Little Brown, 255 pp.

Books

Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

In 1621 Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy, and now, nearly 400 years later, Eric Wilson has given us what amounts to an apology for melancholy. Aristotle and other intellectual immortals have observed that a disproportionate number of geniuses suffer from the inexplicable sadness that is melancholy.