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Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns : connected lives and legends /
Ferenc Morton Szasz.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2008.
description
xii, 242 p.
ISBN
0809328550 (cloth), 9780809328550 (cloth)
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2008.
isbn
0809328550 (cloth)
9780809328550 (cloth)
contents note
Robert Burns : a brief biography -- Burns's poetry comes to America -- The Lincoln-Burns connection -- Scottish émigrés and Scottish ideas in Lincoln's world -- Burns and Lincoln in historical memory -- Epilogue: The dilemmas of democratic fame -- Appendix A: Selected Burns verses -- Appendix B: Selected Lincoln documents.
catalogue key
6649473
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-231) and index.
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"The fruit of meticulous research on both sides of the Atlantic, this beautifully crafted, sensitive analysis offers intriguing and instructive insights into the numerous parallels and intersections between the life stories of two men who were to become the embodiment of their respective nations in all their contradictions. In January 2009 Scotland will mark the 250th birthday of Robert Burns. Seventeen days later America will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. It is particularly fitting that these celebrations should be preceded by the publication of an engaging comparative study that breaks new ground in our understanding of the linkages between two complex and contradictory emblems of universal humanity." --Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, author of Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus
"The fruit of meticulous research on both sides of the Atlantic, this beautifully crafted, sensitive analysis offers intriguing and instructive insights into the numerous parallels and intersections between the life stories of two men who were to become the embodiment of their respective nations in all their contradictions. In January 2009 Scotland will mark the 250th birthday of Robert Burns. Seventeen days later America will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. It is particularly fitting that these celebrations should be preceded by the publication of an engaging comparative study that breaks new ground in our understanding of the linkages between two complex and contradictory emblems of universal humanity." Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, author of Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus
"Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burnsis comparative history at its best." Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, author ofJudging Lincoln
" Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns is comparative history at its best." --Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, author of Judging Lincoln
" Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns is comparative history at its best." Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, author of Judging Lincoln
"The fruit of meticulous research on both sides of the Atlantic, this beautifully crafted, sensitive analysis offers intriguing and instructive insights into the numerous parallels and intersections between the life stories of two men who were to become the embodiment of their respective nations in all their contradictions. In January 2009 Scotland will mark the 250th birthday of Robert Burns. Seventeen days later America will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. It is particularly fitting that these celebrations should be preceded by the publication of an engaging comparative study that breaks new ground in our understanding of the linkages between two complex and contradictory emblems of universal humanity." Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, author ofAdventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus
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Today the images of Robert Burns and Abraham Lincoln are recognized worldwide, yet few are aware of the connection between the two. In Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends , author Ferenc Morton Szasz reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burnsand Scotland in generalinfluenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important U.S. presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths. This is the first extensive work to link the influence, philosophy, and artistry of these two larger-than-life figures. Lacking a major national poet of their own in the early nineteenth century, Americans in the fledgling frontier country ardently adopted the poignant verses and songs of Scotland's Robert Burns. Lincoln, too, was fascinated by Scotland's favorite son and enthusiastically quoted the Scottish bard from his teenage years to the end of his life. Szasz explores the ways in which Burns's portrayal of the foibles of human nature, his scorn for religious hypocrisy, his plea for nonjudgmental tolerance, and his commitment to social equality helped shape Lincoln's own philosophy of life. The volume also traces how Burns's lyrics helped Lincoln develop his own powerful sense of oratorical rhythm, from his casual anecdotal stories to his major state addresses. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns connects the poor-farm-boy upbringings, the quasi-deistic religious views, the shared senses of destiny, the extraordinary gifts for words, and the quests for social equality of two respected and beloved world figures. This book is enhanced by twelve illustrations and two appendixes, which include Burns poems Lincoln particularly admired and Lincoln writings especially admired in Scotland.
Main Description
Today the images of Robert Burns and Abraham Lincoln are recognized worldwide, yet few are aware of the connection between the two. In Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends , author Ferenc Morton Szasz reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burns--and Scotland in general--influenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important U.S. presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths. This is the first extensive work to link the influence, philosophy, and artistry of these two larger-than-life figures. Lacking a major national poet of their own in the early nineteenth century, Americans in the fledgling frontier country ardently adopted the poignant verses and songs of Scotland's Robert Burns. Lincoln, too, was fascinated by Scotland's favorite son and enthusiastically quoted the Scottish bard from his teenage years to the end of his life. Szasz explores the ways in which Burns's portrayal of the foibles of human nature, his scorn for religious hypocrisy, his plea for nonjudgmental tolerance, and his commitment to social equality helped shape Lincoln's own philosophy of life. The volume also traces how Burns's lyrics helped Lincoln develop his own powerful sense of oratorical rhythm, from his casual anecdotal stories to his major state addresses. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns connects the poor-farm-boy upbringings, the quasi-deistic religious views, the shared senses of destiny, the extraordinary gifts for words, and the quests for social equality of two respected and beloved world figures. This book is enhanced by twelve illustrations and two appendixes, which include Burns poems Lincoln particularly admired and Lincoln writings especially admired in Scotland.
Main Description
Today the images of Robert Burns and Abraham Lincoln are recognized worldwide, yet few are aware of the connection between the two. InAbraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends, author Ferenc Morton Szasz reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burnsand Scotland in generalinfluenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important U.S. presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths. This is the first extensive work to link the influence, philosophy, and artistry of these two larger-than-life figures. Lacking a major national poet of their own in the early nineteenth century, Americans in the fledgling frontier country ardently adopted the poignant verses and songs of Scotland's Robert Burns. Lincoln, too, was fascinated by Scotland's favorite son and enthusiastically quoted the Scottish bard from his teenage years to the end of his life. Szasz explores the ways in which Burns's portrayal of the foibles of human nature, his scorn for religious hypocrisy, his plea for nonjudgmental tolerance, and his commitment to social equality helped shape Lincoln's own philosophy of life. The volume also traces how Burns's lyrics helped Lincoln develop his own powerful sense of oratorical rhythm, from his casual anecdotal stories to his major state addresses. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burnsconnects the poor-farm-boy upbringings, the quasi-deistic religious views, the shared senses of destiny, the extraordinary gifts for words, and the quests for social equality of two respected and beloved world figures. This book is enhanced by twelve illustrations and two appendixes, which include Burns poems Lincoln particularly admired and Lincoln writings especially admired in Scotland.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title examines the Lincoln-Burns connection. It reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burns, and Scotland in general, influenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important US presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Robert Burns: A Brief Biographyp. 13
Burns's Poetry Comes to Americap. 29
The Lincoln-Burns Connectionp. 49
Scottish Emigres and Scottish Ideas in Lincoln's Worldp. 87
Burns and Lincoln in Historical Memoryp. 122
Epilogue: The Dilemmas of Democratic Famep. 153
Selected Burns Versesp. 163
Selected Lincoln Documentsp. 175
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 233
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