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Robert Burns - Books

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Robert Burns: a Life   - By Ian Mcintyre

No poet has attracted such fanatical devotion as Robert Burns. He was, according to Lord Byron, a man of extremes: "tenderness, roughness - delicacy, coarseness - sentiment, sensuality - dirt and deity". Ian McIntyre's biography gives a careful analysis of Burns's songs and poetry and strips away the legend to explore what lies beneath. The figure that emerges is sharper, less idealized, perhaps more truly great, than in any previous biography.

Paperback - 496 pages new edition (29 March, 2001)

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The Canongate Burns  
Robert Burns, Andrew Noble (Editor), Patrick Scott Hogg (Editor) The editors, Andrew Noble and Patrick Scott Hogg, have both written and edited several books, including other titles on Robert Burns.

This is the ultimate word on Burns; a collection of every single song and poem written by Scotland's best know bard. It seems that everyone knows something about Robert Burns, with his life and work celebrated the world over. Despite being born to a poor farming family in Ayrshire, Burns was well educated, with superb English and French. His first collection of poetry was a huge success, but instead, of receiving a handsome income, the myth of a 'heaven-taught ploughman' was created. Although lionised by the Edinburgh establishment, his financial state forced him to return to farming. He continued to write hundreds of poems and collected, wrote and rewrote a vast collection of old Scots songs.

The Canongate Burns not only includes his entire oeuvre, but also half a dozen poems never before attributed to him. These poems were first published in London magazines at the end of the eighteenth century, but the author most likely kept himself anonymous because of their treasonable content.

The extensive Scots glossary, explanatory footnotes, chronological listing of the major poems and fascinating introduction have created a breathtaking volume, and a major publishing event for Scots Literature.

Paperback - 1117 pages (15 November, 2001)
Canongate Classics; ISBN: 0862419948

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Robert Burns: Selected Poems  
Robert Burns, Carol McGuirk (Editor)

A selection of Burns's poems and songs, arranged in the order of composition and using the original texts where possible. This edition gives equal weight to Burns as song-writer and poet, providing lyrics and tunes where applicable. Paperback - 368 pages (1 December, 1993)
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140423826

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The Collected Poems of Robert Burns  
Robert Burns

Born in 1759 into miserable rustic poverty, by the age of 18 Burns had acquired a good knowledge of both classical and English literature. This collection includes some of his most famous works such as the ballad "Auld Lang Syne", and "Tam o'Shanter".

Paperback - 672 pages Reissue (31 December, 1994)
Wordsworth Editions Ltd; ISBN: 1853264156

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Ae Fond Kiss  
Robert Burns, Donny O'Rourke (Editor)

This book contains the passionate correspondence between Robert Burns and Agnes McLehose. Edited by well-known poet and broadcaster Donny O'Rourke, it appears as a major film based on the ill-fated love affair is about to go into production. According to Donny, 'Theirs was a love story to rank with the great ones. The whole scenario was powerfully cinematic. Now, it cries out for and looks likely to get the big-screen treatment for real.'

Paperback - 144 pages (September 2000)
The Mercat Press; ISBN: 1841830186

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The Merry Muses of Caledonia  
Robert Burns, et al, G. Ross Roy (Introduction)

Attempts to recover Burns' erotic poetry, which his editors attempted to hide from readers, centre round "The Merry Muses of Caledonia", of which only two original copies are known to survive. The story of Burns' part in this collection is told in the narrative accompanying this fascsimile.

Hardcover - 128 pages Limited Ed (February 1999)
University of South Carolina Press; ISBN: 1570033242

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Complete Letters and Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns: 2 Volume Presentation Set  
James A. Mackay

Hardcover (1995)
Alloway Publishing; ISBN: 0907526691

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Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns  
Robert Burns

Hardcover new edition (November 2000)
Lomond Books; ISBN: 1842040170

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Tam O'Shanter by Robert Burns  
Robert Burns, Alexander Goudie (Illustrator)

Paperback (May 1999)
R Billcliffe Fine Art; ISBN: 0952342146

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Collected Works of Robert Burns  
Robert Burns, William Scott Douglas (Editor)

Numerous collected editions of Burns's work have been published. William Scott Douglas' six-volume, 19th-century edition aims to provide a complete and scholarly collection of Burns's work. The first three volumes contain the poetry, and the prose works in the three final volumes include some 68 previously unpublished letters or parts of letters. Robert Burns (1759-1796) was the eldest son of seven children, born to a cotter near Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland. He received a broad education, reading voraciously and aquiring a thorough grounding in English and a knowledge of Mathematics and French. He began writing occasional verses whilst still at school and was writing prolifically by 1784. When his first collection, "Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect", was published in Kilmarnock in 1786, it was an immediate success. Burns wrote with equal facility in English and in his native Scots, the Scottish poems owing much to old Scottish songs and the early Scottish poets.

Hardcover - 2550 pages (14 January, 1993)
Routledge/Thoemmes Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd; ISBN: 0415099188

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The Complete Letters of Robert Burns  
James A. MacKay, Burns Federation

Hardcover Souvenir edition (1987)
Alloway Publishing; ISBN: 0907526322

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Understanding Robert Burns  
George Scott Wilkie

Although recognised throughout the world, the poems of Robert Burns are rarely understood. Many lovers of his poetry and songs have struggled with the meanings of many of the bard's words. This book aims to give reades an immediate understanding of 138 of his poems. Opposite every stanza of each poem, the meaning of what Burns wrote is given, along with a glossary. Thus, alongside lines from "Ode to a Mouse" ("Wee sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie, Oh, what a panic's in thy breastie!") the author explains that "Burns is doing his utmost to assure this terrified little creature that it is quite safe, that he has no intention of causing it any harm".

Paperback - 192 pages (15 January, 2002)
Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd; ISBN: 190323848X

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