Anatomy of Melancholy: Causes
Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton, published in 1621, identifies three types of melancholy: brain, love, and "windie," and details the causes and cures for each type. In the second section of Part I, Burton analyzes the emotional causes of melancholy. The number and variety of causes and the degree of detail in this section of the book reveal the interest in this subject during the early part of the 17th century.
The 1608 quarto edition of King Lear has some significant differences with the version published in the First Folio in 1623. Some modern editions of Shakespeare's complete works print two versions of Lear - one based on each text.
Of domesticall duties
William Gouge published this book in 1622 to lay out the different expected duties of different family members. One major topic is children's duty to obey their parents. Gouge holds that children cannot act on their own behalf since they are their parents' property. He also holds that secret marriages can be made void by the church, if they are done without parental consent.
Complements: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew
Philocothonista, or, The drunkard, opened, dissected, and anatomized
In this 1635 work, Thomas Heywood categorizes drunken men into the types of beast they become when drunk, based on the actions they take while under the influence. Categories include those who are drunk like calves and apes, dogs, sheep, and foxes. The text is somewhat light-hearted, while still being disapproving of the state of a drunkard.
Complements: Twelfth Night, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1
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