Burton Robert

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, Robert 1577-1640.
English cleric and writer known chiefly for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), a treatise on the causes, symptoms, and cure of melancholy that ranges far afield in its lively depiction of everyday life.
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Kate Burton will then unveil the bust of her famous father and the actor and close friend of the late Richard Burton Robert Hardy will read a eulogy.
* The funeral of Judge Burton Roberts (the basis for the judge in Bonfire of the Vanities) turned into a celebration of the Bronx.
When I wrote about him for Newsday I talked to State Supreme Court Justice Burton Roberts. He said that on a quiet day in the Bronx courthouse, Kempton strolled into his courtroom for a penny-ante case.