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Dirt and Deity: Life of Robert Burns

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This biography illuminates and explores the complexities and contradictions of Burns's character and personality, untangling the myth from the legend. Based on new evidence from 700 letters Burns wrote during his life, McIntyre concentrates on the circumstances of the writing of poetry itself, and paints a vivid picture of Burns's emotional and impulsive political views, t ...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published June 1995)
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Bowsty
Jan 20, 2012 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
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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