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- DescriptionWhat made Burns read, and what impact did his reading choices have on him as a man and a writer? This meticulous and detailed study presents a Burns 'open to different ideas', and 'making use of them in his life and work'. The poet's extensive reading is traced through his family and early education experience, French studies (particularly of Fenelon), and exposure to vels (tably the works of Smollett, Sterne and Mackenzie) and periodicals. A key theme explores Robert Burns in relation to Romanticism. Appendices include a piece on parallels in the work of Diderot and Burns, and a list of the authors and books read by the poet. As Professor Kenneth Simpson says in his Foreword, this is '..original research made readily accessible'.
- Author BiographyAfter a brief career in accountancy, and five years in Arts and Divinity at the University of Glasgow, J. Walter McGinty spent most of his working life as a Parish Minister. He served in parishes in Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and - for twenty years - at Alloway in Ayrshire, the birthplace of the poet. He completed a BA in history at the Open University and, in 1995, a PhD in Scottish Literature at the University of Strathclyde. Retirement marked a new phase and this is his third book since leaving the pulpit, following 'Robert Burns and Religion' (Ashgate 2003) and ' An Animated Son of Liberty A Life of John Witherspoon' (Arena 2012).
- Author(s)J.Walter McGinty
- PublisherZeticula Ltd
- Date of Publication29/11/2013
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationGlasgow
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHumming Earth
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight611 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Foreword byKenneth Simpson
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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