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The bard : Robert Burns, a biography /
Robert Crawford.
imprint
London : Jonathan Cape, 2009.
description
xii, 465 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0224077686 (hbk.), 9780224077682 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London : Jonathan Cape, 2009.
isbn
0224077686 (hbk.)
9780224077682 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7234011
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-450) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Scottish Arts Council Book Award, GBR, 2010 : Nominated
Summaries
Main Description
No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bard catches Burns's energy, brilliance, and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was 'sprung a from raking of dung', and to his political enemies a 'traitor'. Drawing on a surprising variety of untapped sources u from rediscovered poetry by Burns to manuscript journals, correspondence, interviews and oratory by his contemporaries u this new biography presents the remarkable life, loves, and struggles of the great poet. Inspired by the American and French Revolutions and moulded by the Scottish Enlightenment, Burns was in several senses the first of the great Romantics. With a poet's insight and a shrewd sense of human drama, Robert Crawford outlines how Burns combined a childhood steeped in the peasant song-culture of rural Scotland with a consummate linguistic artistry to become not only the world's most popular love poet but also the controversial master poet of modern democracy. Written with accessible lan and nuanced attention to Burns's poems and letters, The Bard is the story of an extraordinary man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures. This incisive biography startlingly demonstrates why the life and work of Scotland's greatest poet still compel the attention of the world a quarter of a millennium after his birth.
Main Description
No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bardcatches Burns's energy, brilliance and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel; to a fellow poet he was "sprung . . . from raking of dung;" and to his political enemies a "traitor." Drawing on a surprising variety of untapped sources from rediscovered poetry by Burns to manuscript journals, correspondence, interviews and oratory by his contemporaries this new biography presents the remarkable life, loves, and struggles of the great poet. Robert Crawford outlines how Burns combined a childhood steeped in the peasant song-culture of rural Scotland with a consummate linguistic artistry to become not only the world's most popular love poet but also the controversial master poet of modern democracy. Written with accessible élan and nuanced attention to Burns's poems and letters, The Bardis the story of an extraordinary man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures. This incisive biography demonstrates why Scotland's greatest poet still compels the attention of the world.
Main Description
No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bard catches Burns's energy, brilliance, and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was 'sprung . from raking of dung', and to his political enemies a 'traitor'. Drawing on a surprising variety of untapped sources - from rediscovered poetry by Burns to manuscript journals, correspondence, interviews and oratory by his contemporaries - this new biography presents the remarkable life, loves, and struggles of the great poet. Inspired by the American and French Revolutions and moulded by the Scottish Enlightenment, Burns was in several senses the first of the great Romantics. With a poet's insight and a shrewd sense of human drama, Robert Crawford outlines how Burns combined a childhood steeped in the peasant song-culture of rural Scotland with a consummate linguistic artistry to become not only the world's most popular love poet but also the controversial master poet of modern democracy. Written with accessible elan and nuanced attention to Burns's poems and letters, The Bard is the story of an extraordinary man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures. This incisive biography startlingly demonstrates why the life and work of Scotland's greatest poet still compel the attention of the world a quarter of a millennium after his birth.
Main Description
No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns. Wonderfully readable, The Bard catches Burns' energy, brilliance and radicalism as never before. To his international admirers he was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was 'sprungafrom raking of dung', and to his political enemies a 'traitor'. Drawing on a surprising variety of untapped sources u from rediscovered poetry by Burns to manuscript journals, correspondence, interviews and oratory by his contemporaries u this new biography presents the remarkable life, loves and struggles of the great poet. Inspired by the American and French Revolutions and moulded by the Scottish Enlightenment, Burns was in several senses the first of the great Romantics. With a poet's insight and a shrewd sense of human drama, Robert Crawford outlines how Burns combined a childhood steeped in the peasant song-culture of rural Scotland with a consummate linguistic artistry to become not only the world's most popular love poet but also the controversial master poet of modern democracy. Written with accessible elan and nuanced attention to Burns' poems and letters, The Bard is the story of an extraordinary man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures. This incisive biography startlingly demonstrates why the life and work of Scotland's greatest poet still compel the attention of the world a quarter of a millennium after his birth
Bowker Data Service Summary
Published to mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, this biography paints a picture of a man fighting to maintain a sly sense of integrity in the face of overwhelming pressures.
Table of Contents
Reading Burns's Poemsp. 1
First an' Foremostp. 15
Witsp. 66
Bellesp. 124
Bardp. 179
New Worldp. 237
Rhinocerosp. 291
Staunch Republicansp. 337
Abbreviationsp. 409
Notesp. 413
Indexp. 451
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