The Anatomy of Melancholy, written by Robert Burton and first published in 1621, is a lengthy, heavily citational text that investigates "the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures" of the condition of melancholia.
An Anatomy of Melancholy is a re-write of Burton's text via the medium of Twitter, harvesting every tweet mentioning the word melancholy during the month of January, often said to be the most melancholy month of the year. With thirty-one chapters - one for each day of the month - and an appendix containing all non-verbal signs excised from the text, An Anatomy of Melancholyis an exploration of the condition of melancholy in the early twenty-first century created entirely from the words of others.
More about the book, including extracts and details of how to buy, can be found here. As a special offer, anyone who come to The Other Room on 18th May in Manchester and buys a copy of my new collection items can have a copy of An Anatomy of Melancholy for £1