Synopses & Reviews
The most comprehensive and challenging edition of the poems and songs of Robert Burns ever to be published Along with Walter Scott, Robert Burns is probably the best known Scottish writer in the world. His life story is often represented as one of sexual and alcoholic excess. Drawing on extensive scholarship and the poet's own inimitable letters, this defining work offers a wealth of information on Burn's life and times, the hardship of his early days, his political beliefs, his hatred of injustice, and his fate as a writer too often sentimentalized by biographers, critics, and well-meaning enthusiasts. The poems are presented in the order of their first appearance, giving further insights into the reception of Burns's work and the guarded relationship he had both with his readers and his own fame. Burns is shown as being a radical figure in a British as well as a Scottish contextas well as the peer of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Byron in the revolutionary and repressive world of the 1790s.
A complete volume of the writer's poetry and songs includes previously unpublished pieces, draws on extensive scholarship and Burn's own letters, and offers supplemental information about his life, early hardships, political beliefs, and literary contexts.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -1007) and index.
About the Author
Andrew Noble is the author of Artillery and Explosives, Researchers on Explosives, and Robert Louis Stevenson.