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About the Author

László F. Földényi is an author, a translator, a critic, and an art theorist. He is professor and chair of the theory of art, University of Theatre, Film, and Television, Budapest. He is the prize-winning author of some twenty books, and his works have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Budapest, Hungary. Tim Wilkinson is principal translator of Imre Kertész, Miklós Szentkuthy, and many other modern Hungarian authors. A former resident of Budapest, he now lives in London. Alberto Manguel is a Canadian writer, translator, editor, and critic. He now lives in New York.


"Földényi is a formidable, if at times oracular, writer, who is at home in paradox . . . His book is a wide-ranging history of the Western discourse on melancholy."--Christine Smallwood, Harper's--Christine Smallwood "Harper's "
"A rather fine book closely argued . . . and full of thoughtful insights and aphorisms. Occasionally, especially in its excellent final chapter about melancholy in our times, it attains brilliance. Most of its pages abound in curious learning and thought-provoking interpretation."--Kevin Jackson, Literary Review-- (08/01/2016)
"[Melancholy] impressively and comprehensively explores melancholy as a philosophical and cultural issue from the ancient Greeks to the Romantics to the present day."--Nicky Loomis, Los Angeles Review of Books
"An old-style think piece in the style of Montaigne, or for that matter Robert Burton. Every page is idea-rich and should be read carefully and slowly, and that is rare these days. . . . Definitely recommended."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution