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The bard : Robert Burns, a biography

Author: Robert Crawford
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bard catches Burns's energy, brilliance, and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was "sprung ... from raking of dung," and to his political enemies a "traitor." Drawing on a surprising number of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Robert Burns; Robert Burns
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Crawford
ISBN: 9780691141718 0691141711
OCLC Number: 276340781
Notes: First published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2009.
Description: xii, 465 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Reading Burns's poems --
Introduction --
First an' foremost --
Wits --
Belles --
Bard --
New world --
Rhinoceros --
Staunch Republicans.
Other Titles: Robert Burns, a biography
Responsibility: Robert Crawford.

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"No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bard catches Burns's energy, brilliance, and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was "sprung ... from raking of dung," and to his political enemies a "traitor." Drawing on a surprising number of untapped sources - from rediscovered poetry by Burns to manuscript journals, correspondence, and oratory by his contemporaries - this new biography presents the remarkable life, loves, and struggles of the great poet." "Inspired by the American and French Revolutions and molded by the Scottish Enlightenment, Burns was in several senses the first of the major Romantics. With a poet's insight and a shrewd sense of human drama, Robert Crawford outlines how Burns combined a childhood steeped in the peasant song-culture of rural Scotland with a consummate linguistic artistry to become not only the world's most popular love poet but also the controversial master poet of modern democracy." "Written with accessible elan and nuanced attention to Burns's poems and letters, The Bard is the story of an extraordinary man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures. This incisive biography startlingly demonstrates why the life and work of Scotland's greatest poet still compel the attention of the world a quarter of a millennium after his birth."--BOOK JACKET.

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