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Robert Burns: A Life

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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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Bowsty
Feb 10, 2012 Bowsty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken Ludwig
Dec 20, 2009 Ken Ludwig rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous biography of Burns. I'm learning about Burns and the period hand over fist. I read it all the way home from Scotland.
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