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The Life of Robert Burns
by Catherine Carswell and Tom Crawford




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This classic and controversial biography of Scotland's National Bard offers an unvarnished chronicle of the 18th century poet's life.
First published in 1930 to an unprecedented storm of protest, Catherine Carswell's The Life of Robert Burns remains the standard work on its subject. Widely revered as Scotland's greatest poet, Burns's devotees were so upset by its contents that Carswell famously received a bullet in the mail, with instructions for its use.
Carswell deliberately shakes the image of Burns as a romantic hero, exposing the sexual transgressions, drinking bouts and waywardness that other biographies chose to overlook. But Carswell's real achievement is to bring alive the personality of a great man: passionate, hard-living, generous, melancholic, morbid and, above all, a brilliant and inspired artist.
"Catherine Carswell's The Life of Robert Burns is still, apart from Burns' own account, the best."—Alasdair Gray, The Observer, UK
"It is not only an outlandishly good book, but one which raises questions about the nature of Scottish culture and cultural change."—Sunday Times, UK
"This is a book which makes you feel better for having read it. I only wish a few contemporary biographers wrote as well as Catherine Carswell did."—Allan Massie, Literary Review, UK

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Overview

This classic and controversial biography of Scotland's National Bard offers an unvarnished chronicle of the 18th century poet's life.
First published in 1930 to an unprecedented storm of protest, Catherine Carswell's The Life of Robert Burns remains the standard work on its subject. Widely revered as Scotland's greatest poet, Burns's devotees were so upset by its contents that Carswell famously received a bullet in the mail, with instructions for its use.
Carswell deliberately shakes the image of Burns as a romantic hero, exposing the sexual transgressions, drinking bouts and waywardness that other biographies chose to overlook. But Carswell's real achievement is to bring alive the personality of a great man: passionate, hard-living, generous, melancholic, morbid and, above all, a brilliant and inspired artist.
"Catherine Carswell's The Life of Robert Burns is still, apart from Burns' own account, the best."—Alasdair Gray, The Observer, UK
"It is not only an outlandishly good book, but one which raises questions about the nature of Scottish culture and cultural change."—Sunday Times, UK
"This is a book which makes you feel better for having read it. I only wish a few contemporary biographers wrote as well as Catherine Carswell did."—Allan Massie, Literary Review, UK


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  • ISBN: 9781847675378
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Date: Jan 2020
 

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