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Robert Burns & 18th Century Scotland: Burns Criticism

A rapid reference guide to online and other sources about Robert Burns

Some General Critical Books

Carol McGuirk, Reading Robert Burns: Texts, Contexts, Transformations (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014):  PR 4338 .M297 2014

Corey Andrews, The Genius of Scotland: the Cultural Production of Robert Burns, 1785-1834 (Leiden: SCROLL/Brill Rodopi, 2015): PR 4338 .A64 2015

Nigel Leask, Robert Burns and Pastoral: Poetry and Improvement in Late Eighteenth-century Scotland (2009):  PR 4338 .L43 2010 

Gerard Carruthers, Robert Burns (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2006): PR 4338 .C39 2006

Kenneth Simpson, Robert Burns (Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1994):  PR 4332 .S56 1994  

Carol McGuirk, Robert Burns and the Sentimental Era (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1985; East Linton, Tuckwell, 1997): PR4342.S44 M38 1997

Thomas Crawford, Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1960):  PR4338 .C6 

David Daiches, Robert Burns (New York: Rinehart, 1950): PR 4331 .D25

Earlier Essay Collections

Carol McGuirk, ed., Critical Essays on Robert Burns (New York: G. K. Hall, 1998): PR4338 .C84 1998

G. Ross Roy, ed., Robert Burns and America (Columbia, SC: Thomas Cooper Library; Kirkcaldy: Akros, 2001): PR4329 .R42 2001

G. Ross Roy, ed., Robert Burns [Studies in Scottish Literature, 30] (Columbia, SC: Studies in Scottish Literature, 1998): full text available at

Kenneth Simpson, ed., Love and Liberty: Robert Burns, A Bicentenary Celebration (East Linton: Tuckwell, 1997): PR 4338 .L59 1997

Robert Crawford, ed., Robert Burns and Cultural Authority (Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press, 1997):  PR4338 .R55 1997

Kenneth Simpson, ed., Burns Now (Edinburgh: Canongate Academic, 1994):  PR4331 .B87 1994 

R. D. S. Jack and Andrew Noble, eds., The Art of Robert Burns (London: Vision: New York: Barnes and Noble, 1982): PR4338 .A7 1982

Donald Low, ed., Critical Essays on Robert Burns (1975): PR4338 .C69

The Reader Strikes Back: Replies to Burns by Other Poets

Essay Collections about Burns

Gerard Carruthers, ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2009): PR 4338 .E35 2009 

Johnny Rodger & Gerard Carruthers, eds., Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century (Dingwall: Sandstone, 2009): PR4331 .F49 2009 

G. Ross Roy, Selected Essays on Robert Burns, ed. Patrick Scott, Elizabeth Sudduth & Jo DuRant (University of South Carolina Libraries, 2018): PR 4338 .R69 2018 

The Reception of Burns

Donald Low, ed., Robert Burns: The Critical Heritage (London: Routledge Kegan Paul, 1974): PR4338 .L6 1984 

Murray Pittock, ed., Robert Burns in Global Culture (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2011): PR 4338 .R555 2011 

Sharon Alker, Leith Davis, & Holly Faith Nelson, eds., Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012): PR 4338 .R563 2012

David Sergeant and Fiona Stafford, eds., Burns and Other Poets (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013):  PR 4338 .B8 2012 

Murray Pittock, ed., The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe (London: Bloomsbury, 2014): PR 4337 .R43 2014

Christopher A. Whatley, Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2016).