Surveys the life and career of the Harvard-educated Burns scholar Robert Donald Thornton (1917-2007), including his early Burns research immediately before and after Word War II (in which he served on Okinawa), describing each of his major books and offering an assessment of his achievement, particularly his revaluation of James Currie as editor and his pioneering work on the Burns songs. Thornton's research archives are now in the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina. Text uploaded here from prepublication revised submission.
Published in Burns Chronicle, Summer 2012, pages 3-7.
Scott, Patrick. "Twentieth Century Burns Scholars: Robert Donald Thornton." Burns Chronicle (Summer 2012): 3-7.
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