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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 sharpe ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Welcome Rain Publishers
(first published June 1995)
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I began reading this book in Scotland shortly before the holiday celebrating Burns' birth. I liked the extensive footnotes and coverage, which were thorough enough without becoming overly obsessive. My main negative criticism is that as an American I was frequently a bit lost as I am not as familiar with the surrounding history of the British Empire and its 18th-century relations with Europe as the average (probably British) reader seems to be expected to be. I don't mind brushing up on auxiliar ...more