The Alchemy Reader: From Hermes Trismegistus to Isaac Newton

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Ranging from the pre-Christian era to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton at the end of the seventeenth century, this Reader covers a broad range of alchemical authors and works. Organized chronologically, it includes around thirty selections in authoritative but lightly-modernized versions. The selections will provide the reader with a basic introduction to the field and its interdisciplinary links with science and medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature and the arts.

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The Alchemy Reader offers a convenient introduction to a wide range of alchemical authors and works, from the pre-Christian era to Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton at the end of the seventeenth century. Organised chronologically, it includes around thirty selections in authoritative but lightly-modernised versions. The selections and extensive apparatus aim to provide the reader with a solid point of entry to the field and to its interdisciplinary links with science and medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature and the arts.

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Stanton J. Linden is Professor Emeritus of English, Washington State University. His publications include Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy in English Literature from Chaucer to the Restoration (1996), Emblems and Alchemy (co-editor, 1998), and a critical edition of George Ripley's Compound of Alchymy (2001).

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