This book collects essays and talks about Robert Burns by the Burns scholar G. Ross Roy (1924-2013). Along with introductions to such well-known Burns poems as "Tam o' Shanter" and "Auld Lang Syne," it includes essays discussing Burns's attitudes to the French Revolution, politics, and religion, his love-letters to Clarinda, The Merry Muses of Caledonia, poems written about Burns, and the editing of Burns's works.
The volume opens with some autobiographical reflections about reading and working on Burns that Ross Roy recorded shortly before his death, and it concludes with an illustrated interview about his six decades as a Burns collector and some of the treasures in the G. Ross Roy Collection, at the University of South Carolina.
G. Ross Roy (1924-2013) was Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, and founding editor of the journal Studies in Scottish Literature. Among Burnsians he is best known for his two-volume edition of The Letters of Robert Burns (1985). He was an honorary president of the Robert Burns World Federation, honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, and honorary professor at the University of Glasgow. His contributions to Scottish studies were recognized by honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The volume, originally planned with the cooperation of Professor Roy himself, has been edited by Patrick Scott, Elizabeth Sudduth, and Jo DuRant. A print-on-demand paperback version is also available.
Preface, Patrick Scott
Encountering Robert Burns: An Oral History, G. Ross Roy and Andrea L'Hommedieu
Robert Burns: A Self-Portrait, G. Ross Roy
Robert Burns and “Clarinda”, G. Ross Roy
Robert Burns’s Politics and the French Revolution, G. Ross Roy
“Tam o’ Shanter”, G. Ross Roy
"Auld Lang Syne", G. Ross Roy
Robert Burns and the Brash and Reid Chapbooks, G. Ross Roy
Robert Burns and The Merry Muses of Caledonia, G. Ross Roy
The Bible in Burns and Scott, G. Ross Roy
Editing Robert Burns in the Nineteenth Century, G. Ross Roy
Editing Burns's Letters in the Twentieth Century, G. Ross Roy
Collecting Burns: A Conversation, G. Ross Roy and Patrick Scott
Addenda to "Publications by G. Ross Roy: A Checklist", Patrick Scott
Sources and Acknowledgements, Patrick Scott
Index to Selected Essays on Robert Burns, by G. Ross Roy, Elizabeth Sudduth and Jo C. DuRant
Details on printed volume: Prelims, dedication, abbreviations, contents page, Patrick Scott, Elizabeth Sudduth, and Jo DuRant