The Bard Robert Burns, a Biography (Hardcover)
|Author: Robert Crawford|
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"Burns was a poetic genius and his life was the stuff of legend. Compelling and timely, this book directs attention to a major poet who has been scandalously neglected in scholarship outside of Scotland for many years."--James Chandler, University of Chicago
"There have been scores if not hundreds of biographies of Burns. In an impressive feat, Crawford has written one that really justifies the claim of providing a new, original account--indeed, I would say it is as close to being definitive as we are likely to get."--Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley
Although few in America know the first thing about the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns, nearly all of us can be heard annually singing his most famous composition. To his fellow Scots, however, the man who wrote "Auld Lang Syne" remains a revered mythical figure, and his birthday is celebrated as a national holiday. Robert Crawford's new biography reveals the reasons behind Burns's lasting influence as a Scottish icon. Crawford depicts Burns as a vivacious rambler, who celebrated life and liberty in his verse, and practiced the arts of love with a succession of lucky lasses. But his first love was for language, and Crawford's incisive analysis of Burns's work reveals THE BARD's exceptional gift for inventive rhymes and nuanced lyrics. He was truly a Romantic, not just in literature, but in life.