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Robert Burns at 250:
Poetry, Politics & Performance

Symposium: February 24-25, 2009

Selected Resources

Books and Articles | CD Rom | Audio Recordings | Web Resources

Books and Articles

Bennett, Margaret, 2005. Scottish Customs from Cradle to Grave. Birlinn Publishers.

Bold, Valentina, 2007. James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making. Peter Lang Publishing.

Bold, Valentina, 2001. Smeddum: A Lewis Grassic Gibbon Anthology. Canongate Books.

Boston Burns Club, 1859. Celebration of the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns by the Boston Burns Club. Dutton and Son. Includes presentations by Oliver Wendall Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, and others. Available onlineExternal Link through the American Libraries Internet Archives.

Burns, Robert, 2008. Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns. Geddes & Grosset, Ltd.

Burns, Robert, 2009. Robert Burns’s The Merry Muses of Caledonia, Valentina Bold, editor, with essays by Sydney Goodsir Smith and James Barke. Luath Press, Ltd.

Burns, Robert, 2009. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Luath Press Ltd.

Cairney, John, ed., 2003. Immortal memories : a compilation of toasts to the immortal memory of Robert Burns as delivered at Burns Suppers around the world together with other orations, verses, and addresses, 1801-2001. Luath Press Ltd.

Carruthers, Gerard, 2006. Robert Burns. Northcote Publishing.

Carruthers, Gerard, 2003. "Remaking Romantic Scotland: Lockhart’s Biographies of Burns & Scott" in Arthur Bradley & Alan Rawse (eds.), Romantic Biography. Aldershot.

Carruthers, Gerard, 2006. "The Canongate Burns: Misreading Robert Burns & the Periodical Press of the 1790s," in Review of Scottish Culture, 18.

Carruthers, Gerard, 2002. "The Word on Burns" in The Drouth No. 3.

Carruthers, Gerard, 2002. "The New Bardolatry," in Burns Chronicle (Winter 2002).

Carswell, Catherine, 2001. The Life Of Robert Burns. Canongate Books; New Ed edition.

Cowan, Edward with R. Finlay, 2002. Scottish History: The Power of the Past. Edinburgh University Press.

Cowan, Edward with L. Henderson, 2001. Scottish Fairy Belief: A History, Tuckwell Press, Ltd.

Cowan, Edward with Mike Patterson, 2007. Folk in Print: Scotland’s Chapbook Heritage, 1750-1850. John Donald.

Crawford, Robert, 2009. The Bard. Princeton University Press.

Crawford, Robert, 2009. Scotland's Books: A History of Scottish Literature. Oxford University Press.

Douglas, Tom, 2002.  Death, the Devil and Tam O'Shanter. Book Guild, Ltd.

Ferguson, J. De Lancey, 1985. The Letters of Robert Burns. Clarendon Press.

Hogg, Patrick Scott, 2008. Robert Burns: The Patriot Bard. Mainstream Publishing.

Kay, Billy, 1993.  Scots: The Mither Tongue, available from Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition, 2006.

Kay, Billy, 2006. The Scottish World: A Journey Into the Scottish Diaspora. Mainstream Publishing.

McGinn, Clark, 2007. The Ultimate Burns Supper Book: A Practical (But Irreverent) Guide to Scotland's Greatest Celebration.  Luath Press, Ltd.

McIlvanney, Liam, 2003. Burns the Radical: Politics and Poetry in Late Eighteenth-century Scotland, Tuckwell Press, Ltd.

McIntyre, Ian, 1997. Dirt and Deity: Life of Robert Burns. Flamingo; New Ed edition

Rodger, Johnny and Gerard Carruthers eds., 2009. Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century, Sandstone Press, Ltd. [collection of scholarly essays compiled for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.]

Smith, Donald, 2008. God, the Poet and the Devil: Robert Burns and Religion. Saint Andrew Press.

Szasz, Ferenc Morton, 2008. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends, Southern Illinois University Press.


Bold, Valentina and Thomas A. McKean, 1999. Northern Folk: Living Traditions of North-East Scotland. University of Aberdeen, The Elphinstone Institute.

Audio Recordings

The Complete Songs of Robert Burns produced by Dr. Fred Freeman. Twelve volume set, various artists. Available on CD from Linn Records, 2007.

The Greatest Poems in the World by Robert Burns Presented and Performed by David Sibbald.External Link [Available through David Sibbald's web site: select the title for the link.]

Lyrics of Gold: Songs Written or Collected by Robert Burns, performed by Ed Miller, Wellfield Records, 2008.

The Songs of Robert Burns, sung by Jean Redpath; researched & arranged by Serge Hovey, Greentrax, 1999.

The Songs of Robert Burns by Andy M. Stewart.  Green Linnet Records, 1993.

Tribute: a Tribute to Robert Burns, Neil Gow & Robert Tannahill, Dougie MacLean, Dunkeld, 1995.

Web Resources

"A Bard of Nature's Making: Robert Burns and Scottish Traditional Culture," presented by Valentina Bold, University of Glasgow, at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, October 21, 2008.

National Burns Collection,External Link The Distributed National Burns Collections Project

Portals to the World, Scotland, Library of Congress

Robert Burns Country,External Link

Robert Burns, 1759-1796,External Link National Library of Scotland

Robert Burns, 1759-1796 A Tribute to Scotland's National Bard External Link by David Sibbald

Robert Burns at External Link

Robert Burns National Heritage Park External Link

Robert Burns, 1759-1796, A Bicentenary Exhibition from the G. Ross Roy Collection,External Link University of South Carolina. Includes online images and descriptions of items in the collection.

The Works of Robert Burns at External Link


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