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Dirt and Deity: Life of Robert Burns
by Ian McIntyre
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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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