Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs

Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs

Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs

Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs

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Of the many people who helped me in the writing and revision of this book I should like especially to thank Mr J. K. Walton, of Trinity College, Dublin, who first urged me to begin it; Professor S. Musgrove, who encouraged me throughout; Dr Elizabeth Sheppard, who assisted with the glossary and Appendix I; Mr M. K. Joseph and the Rev. J. A. Cumming, who commented on parts of an early draft; Mr Allen Curnow, who read the proofs; Mr D. D. Murison, editor of The Scottish National Dictionary, who settled the meaning of some obsolete words and phrases; Dr W. V. Falkenhahn, who summarised all available Russian material and translated the Russian quotations; and--above all--Mr R. L. C. Lorimer, the ideal editor for a book on Burns.

My thanks are also due to Mr Charles Brasch for permission to reprint those parts of Chapters V and VI which originally appeared in Landfall: a New Zealand Quarterly; to the University of New Zealand, for a research grant with which I purchased microfilm material; to Mr Samuel Marshak, Professor S. Orlov and Miss S. Kolmakova for sending me Russian works on Burns; to Herr W. Michelsen of Hamburg for compiling a bibliography of German secondary sources; and to Miss Pat Gulliver for typing most of the manuscript.

I should like to thank the authors and publishers mentioned below for permission to quote as follows: The Aberdeen Journal (and D. Wyllie & Son, Aberdeen), from A. Keith, Burns and Folk-Song; Mr J. K. Baxter, from The Fire and the Anvil; A. & C. Black, Ltd, from H. G. Graham, The Social Life of Scotland in the Eighteenth Century; Professor B. H. Bronson, from Some Aspects of Music and Literature in the Eighteenth Century; the Editor of The Burns Chronicle, from Dr A. M. Kinghorn, Burns and his Early Critics (1954), and from Dr Wen Yuan-Ning, reprint of a B.B.C. broadcast (1945); Mr J. R. Campbell, from Burns the Democrat; Cassell & Co., Ltd, from Scottish Poetry: a Critical Survey, ed. J. Kinsley, and from Cervantes, Three Exemplary Novels (tr. S. Putnam) ; the Clarendon Press, Oxford, from Professor J. de Lancey Ferguson's edition of Burns Letters, Professor J. Y. T. Greig's edition of Hume Letters, and W. P. Ker, On Modern Literature; James Clarke, Ltd, from Calvin, Institutes (tr. Beveridge); the . . .

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