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Barbour, Reid and Preston, Claire (eds), Sir Thomas Browne: The World Proposed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Introduction: 'Browne at 400', Claire Preston and Reid Barbour

Part I: Habits of Thought

1. 'Speake that I may see thee': the styles of Sir Thomas Browne, Sharon Seelig
2. The Laudian Idiot, Debora Shuger
3. Thomas Browne and the Uses of Antiquity, Graham Parry
4. The Browne Family's Culture of Curiosity, Brent Nelson
5. Engaging with Pygmies: Thomas Browne and John Milton, Karen Edwards
6. 'Wonders of the Invisible World': The Bury St. Edmunds Witchcraft Trial Redux, Victoria Silver

Part II: Works

7. Religio Medici's Profession of Faith, Brooke Conti
8. Brownean Motion: Conversation within Pseudodoxia Epidemica's 'Sober Circumference of Knowledge', William N. West
9. The Politics of Painting: Pseudodoxia Epidemica and Iconoclasm, Kevin Killeen
10. 'An Incomium of Consumptions': A Letter to a Friend as Medical Narrative, Claire Preston
11. Urne -Buriall, Cultural Difference, and the Question of Jewish Readmission, Achsah Guibbory
12. 'A Likely Story': Plato's Timaeus in the Garden of Cyrus, Kathryn Murphy
13. Miscellaneous Browne Among the Tombs of Norwich Cathedral, Jonathan F.S. Post

Part III: (After)Lives

14. The Hieroglyphics of Skin, Reid Barbour
15. Browne, Borges, and Back: Phantasmagories of Imaginative Learning, Roy Rosenstein
16. Thinking with Thomas Browne: Sebald and the Nachleben of the Antiquarian, Peter N. Miller

Murphy, Kathryn and Todd, Richard (eds), “A man very well studyed”: New Contexts for Thomas Browne (Leiden, Brill, 2009)

'Between the Paws of a Sphinx': The Contexts of Thomas Browne, Kathryn Murphy


  • Discipline and Praxis: Thomas Browne in Leiden, Reid Barbour
  • Studying Medicine in Leiden in the 1630s, Harm Beukers


  • 'A Fresh Reading of Books': Some Note-Taking Practices of Thomas Browne, Antonia Moon
  • Divination in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Thomas Browne’s Habits of Revision, Hugh Adlington


  • Curious Readers and Meditative Form in Thomas Browne’s Urne-Buriall, Brent Nelson 
  • 'There is all Africa … within us': Language, Generation and Alchemy in Browne’s Explication of Blackness, Siobhán Collins and Louise Denmead 
  • Of Cyder and Sallets: The Hortulan Saints and The Garden of Cyrus, Claire Preston


  • ‘In the Time of the Late Civil Wars’: Post-Restoration Browne and the Political Memory of Repertorium, Kevin Killeen
  • Urne-Buriall and the Interregnum Royalist, Philip Major 
  • Thomas Browne and the Absurdities of Melancholy, Karen L. Edwards


  • The Christian Physician: Thomas Browne and the Role of Religion in Medical Practice, Mary Ann Lund
  • Order in the Vortex: Christian Knorr von Rosenroth as Compiler and Translator of Thomas Browne, Jean d’Espagnet, Henry More, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Antoine le Grand, Eric Achermann (trans. Kathryn Murphy and Doris Einsiedel)
  • ‘The Best Pillar of the Order of Sir Francis’: Thomas Browne, Samuel Hartlib and Communities of Learning, Kathryn Murphy

Patrides, C.A. (ed.), Approaches to Sir Thomas Browne (Columbia, University of Missouri Press, 1982).
  • Balachandra Rajan, 'Browne and Milton: The Divided and the Distinguished', 1-11
  • Leonard Nathanson, 'Sir Thomas Browne nad the Ethics of Knowledge',12-18
  • John R. Knott Jr, 'Sir Thomas Browne and the Labyrinth of Truth', 19-30
  • C.A. Patrides, 'The Best Part of Nothing: Sir Thomas Browne and the Strategy of Indirection', 31-48
  • Frank J. Warnk: 'A Hook for Amphibium: Some Reflections on Fish', 49-59
  • J.R. Mulryne: 'The Play of Mind: Self and Audience in Religio Medici', 60-68
  • Murray Roston, 'The Doubting' Thomas', 69-80
  • Raymond B.Waddington, 'The Two Tables in Religio Medici', 81-99 
  • Michael Wilding, 'Religio Medici in the English Revolution', 100-114
  • Philip Brockbank, 'Browne and Paul Nash: The Genesis of Form', 115-131
  • Frank Huntley, 'The Garden of Cyrus as Prophecy', 132-142
  • D.W. Jefferson, '"Pitch beyond Ubiquity" Thought and Style in Sir Thomas Browne', 143-154
  • Robin Robbins, 'Browne’s Cosmos Imagined: Nature, Man and God in Pseudodoxia Epidemica', 155-165
  • Ted-Larry Pebworth, 'Wandering in the America of Truth: Pseudodoxia Epidemica and the Essay Tradition', 165-177
  • Marie Boas Hall, 'Thomas Browne, Naturalist', 178-187

Schoeck, R.J. (ed.) 'Sir Thomas Browne and the Republic of Letters' , Special Edition: English Language Notes 19:4 (1982).
  • R.J Schoeck, 'Sir Thomas Browne and the Republic of Letters: Introduction', 299-312
  • Jonathan F.S. Post, 'Browne’s Life: A Cabinet of Rarities', 313-334
  • C.W. Schoneveld, 'Sir Thomas Browne and Leiden University in 1633', 335-359
  • Jeremiah S. Finch, 'Sir Thomas Browne’s Library' 360-369
  • Jean-Jacques Dononain, 'Thomas Browne and the "Respublica Litteraria"', 370-381
  • Margaret Jones-Davies, 'Nabuchodonosor’s Dream or The Defining of Reality in Sir Thomas Browne’s Conception of Language', 382-401
  • R.J.Schoeck, 'O Altitudo! Sir Thomas Browne, Scriptures and the Renaissance Tradition', 402-408

Studies in Sir Thomas Browne ed. R.R. Cawley and G. Yost (Eugene, Oregon, 1965)
Religio Medicisee also Monographs and Recent scholarship.
  • Ardolino, Frank, 'The Saving Hand of God: The significance of the emblematic frontispiece of the Religio Medici', English Language Notes 1977, 15: 19-23.
  • Bottrall, Margaret, 'Religio Medici' in Every Man a Phoenix: Studies in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography (1958)
  • Camé, Jean-Francois, 'Imagery in Browne's Religio Medici' Cahiers Elisabéthains, 18 (1980), 53-68
  • Cook, Elizabeth, 'The first Edition of Religio Medici', Harvard library Bulletin 2 (1948) 22-31.
  • Cunningham, Andrew, 'Sir Thomas Browne and his Religio Medici: Reason, Nature and Religion' in Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham (eds), Religio Medici, Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth Century England (Scholar Press, Aldershot, 1996)
  • Endicott, N.J., 'Some Aspects of Self-revelation and Self-Portraiture in Religio Medici' in Millar MacLure and F.W Watt, Studies in English Literature (1964)
  • Fish, Stanley, Self Consumng Artifacts: The Experience of Seventeenth Century Literature (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972)
  • Fish, Stanley, Seventeenth-Century Prose: Modern Essays in Criticism (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1971)
  • Front, Dov, 'Which is the first unauthorised edition of the Religio Medici?' Book Collector (45:3) 1996, 334-40. 
  • Front, Dov, 'The First Unauthorized Edition of the Religio Medici - a post-script', Book Collector (46:2) 1997, 289
  • Hall, Anne, 'Epistle, Meditation and Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici', PMLA 94 (1979), 234-46
  • Huntley, Frank L. 'The Publication and Immediate Reception of Religio Medici', Library Quarterly 25 (1954) 203-18.
  • Hutchinson, F.E., 'Religio Medici', Theology 50 (1947) 423-6.
  • Low, Anthony, 'Sir Thomas Browne’s Social Abacus', N&Q (New series) 15 (1968), 98-99
  • Miller, Clarence H., 'Seventeenth-century Latin translations of two English masterpieces: Hooker's Polity and Browne's Religio Medici' in Green, Roger P. H., et al. (eds), Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Abulensis: (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2000) pp. 55-72
  • (Medieval and Renaissance studies, 207.)
  • Mulder, John, 'Religio Medici: Aristotle versus Moses' in the Temple of the Mind: Education and Literary Taste in Seventeenth Century England(1969)
  • Shaaber, M.A., 'A crux in Religio Medici', English Language Notes3 (1966) 263-65
  • Silver, Victoria, 'Liberal Theology and Sir Thomas Browne's "Soft and Flexible" Discourse', English Literary Renaissance, 20 (1990) 69-105
  • Webber, Joan, 'Sir Thomas Browne: Art as Recreation' in The Eloquent I: Style and Self in Seventeenth Century Prose (1968)
  • Breiner, Laurence, 'The Generation of Metaphor in Thomas Browne', Modern Languages Quarterly 38 (1977) 261-275
  • Wong, Samuel Glen, 'Constructing a critical subject in Religio Medici', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (43:1) 2003, 117-36.

Pseudodoxia Epidemica

Given the diversity of subject matter in Pseudodoxia Epidemica – particularly scientific subjects - many of the articles which bear on it make no attempt to assess the work in any broad sense and such articles are included rather in the section Medical, scientific and philosophical articles:

  • Guibbory, Achsah, 'Sir Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica and the Circle of Knowledge', Texas Studies in Language and Literature, 18 (1976) 486-499
  • Killeen, Kevin, '"Three pounds and fifteen shillings; the inconsiderable salary of Judas" – Law, history and exegesis in seventeenth century thought'. Renaissance Studies, 20:4 (Sept 2006), pp. 502-519
  • Killeen, Kevin, 'Duckweed and the Word of God: Seminal principles and the forms of reproduction in Thomas Browne' in Kevin Killeen and Peter Forshaw (eds), Biblical Exegesis and the Emergence of Science in the Early Modern Era (Palgrave, 2006)
  • Killeen, Kevin, The Thorny Place of Knowledge: Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica and Early Modern Intellectual Culture (Aldershot, Ashgate 2007)
  • Killeen, Kevin, 'Heroic Indifference: Duplicity and Iconoclasm in Sir Thomas Browne' in Claire George (ed.) Heroes and Villains (Durham, 2004) pp.97-111
  • Killeen, Kevin, '"The doctor quarrels with some pictures": Exegesis and animals in Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica.’ Early Science and Medicine, 12:1 (Feb 2007), pp. 1-27 
  • Preston, Claire, 'In the Wilderness of Forms: Ideas and Things in Thomas Browne’s Cabinets of Curiosity' in Neil Rhodes and Jonathan Sawday (eds), The Renaissance Computer: Knowledge Technology in the First Age of Print (London, Routledge, 2000) 
  • Preston, Claire, 'Unriddling the world: Sir Thomas Browne and the doctrine of signatures', Critical Survey, 5:3 (1993) 263-270
  • Robbins, Robin, 'Browne’s Cosmos Imagined: Nature, Man and God in Pseudodoxia Epidemica' in C.A. Patrides (ed.), Approaches to Sir Thomas Browne (University of Missouri Press, 1982)

Garden of Cyrus and Urn Burial
See too Recent scholarship
  • Davis, Walter, 'Urne Buriall: A descent into the Underworld', Studies in the Literary Imagination 10 (1977) 73-87
  • Halley, Janet E. 'Sir Thomas Browne's The Garden of Cyrus and the Real Character' English Literary Renaissance 15 (1982) 100-21
  • Cline, James, 'Hydriotaphia' in Five Studies in Literature, University of California Publications in English 8 (1940) 73-100
  • Finch, Jeremiah, 'Early Drafts of The Garden of Cyrus', PMLA 55 (1940) 742-7
  • Finch, Jeremiah, 'Sir Thomas Browne and the Quincunx' Studies in Philology 37 (1940) 274082
  • Heideman, Margaret, 'Hydriotaphia and The Garden of Cyrus: A Paradox and a Cosmic Vision', University of Toronto Quarterly, 19 (1950) 235-46
  • Huntley, Frank: 'Sir Thomas Browne: The Relationship of the Urn Burial and ’The Garden of Cyrus', Studies in Philology 53 (1956) 204-19
  • Kitzes, Adam H., 'Hydriotaphia, 'the sensible rhetorick of the dead'', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (42:1) 2002, 137-54.
  • Mackenzie, Norman, 'Sir Thomas Browne as a Man of Learning: A Discussion of Urn Burial and The Garden of Cyrus', English Studies in Africa 10 (1967) 67-86
  • Mackenzie, Norman, 'The Concept of Baroque and its Relation to Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici and Urn Burial', English Studies in Africa 10 (1967) 147-66
  • Pande, R.P, Sir Thomas Browne, with a detailed study and text of 'Urn Burial', (Allahabad, 1963)
  • Parket, Edward, 'The Cursus in Sir Thomas Browne' PMLA 53 (1938) 1037-53
  • Parry, Graham, 'In the Land of Moles and pismires: Thomas Browne's Antiquarian Writings' in Neil Rhodes (ed.), English Renaissance Prose: History, Language and Politics (Tempe, Arizona State University, 1997)
  • Philip Schwyzer, 'Readers of the Lost Urns: Desire and Disintegration in Thomas Browne's Urn-Burial' in Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Singer, Thomas C., 'Sir Thomas Browne's 'Emphaticall decussation or fundamental figure'': Geometrical Hieroglyphs and The Garden of Cyrus', English Literary Renaissance, 17 (1987) 85-102
  • Stanford, Michael 'The Terrible Threshold: Sir Thomas Browne on Sex and Death', English Literary Renaissance, 18 (1988) 413-423.
  • Viviani, Valerio, 'The Garden of Cyrus di Sir Thomas Browne: il giardino della mente' in Billi, Mirella (ed.), Giardini. Viterbo: Sette Città, 2001. (pp. 163-75)
  • Williamson, George, 'The Purple of Urn Burial', Modern Philology 62 (1964), 110-17

A Letter to a Friend and Christian Morals
  • Currie, H. MacL. "Notes on Sir Thomas Browne's Christian Morals." Notes and Queries 5 (1958): 143.
  • Endicott, N.J., 'Sir Thomas Browne's Letter to a Friend', University of Toronto Quarterly, 36 (1966) 68-86
  • Huntley, Frank, 'The Occasion and Date of Sir Thomas Browne's Letter to a Friend', Modern Philology 47 (1951) 157-71
  • Keynes, Geoffrey. "Browne's 'Letter to a Friend'" Times Literary Supplement, 19 November 1938, p. 748.