The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 616 pages
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Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume VI features the poems and songs of Scottish national poet ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796), whose lyrical and humanistic verse inspired the 19th-century Romantic poets and, in the 20th century, such diverse artists as novelist John Steinbeck and songwriter Bob Dylan. Included here are Burns's most famous works, such as "John Barleycorn: A Ballad," "To a Mouse," "A Red, Red Rose," "Auld Lang Syne," and many more. The work also includes a glossary of Scottish dialect.

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Robert J. Burns is a heritage resources consultant and historian living in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dr. Paul Rich is a Harvard alumnus and during college days was chair of the junior common room of his residential college (Dunster) and active in student organizations. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of higher education and was a student at Harvard of the historians of universities Robert Ulich and Frederick Rudolph. His doctoral thesis examined the relationship of education to the development of the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. He is a life member of the education honor society Pi Lamda Theta and of the international education society Phi Beta Delta, of which he is past president.

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