Author: Arun Sood

Walt Whitman on Robert Burns?

What did the man often named ‘America’s Bard’ think of his poetic predecessor from Scotland? I have written a new essay on Whitman’s opinions of Robert Burns for the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Click...

The Transatlantic Voyage of Robert Burns’s Poetry

As part of the Scottish Graduate School For the Arts and Humanties incentive for researchers to ‘showcase’ their work to wider audiences through innovative and accesible means, I produced a short animation depicting some...

‘Love’ Across the Atlantic: Doc Watson, Robert Burns & ‘ A Red Red Rose’

  American Folk musician ‘Doc Watson’ was born Arthel Lane Watson on 3rd March 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina. As a young boy, he was struck by an illness that restricted the blood...

Researching Robert Burns at The Library of Congress

  An interview about researching Robert Burns at the John W. Kluge Centre in The Library of Congress. Read the full transcript here.

A Toast for George Washington, as well as an ‘Ode’?

  As I was searching through 19th Century American newspapers and periodicals at the Library of Congress for Burns material, I came across an interesting transcription of a speech by Henry Ward Beecher in...

PhD Update From Washington

As stated in my previous post, I will be spending five months based in Washington, DC at The Library of Congress, in the hope of unearthing new materials regarding Burns’s America recpetion and subsequent...

First Day at The Library of Congress

Today I had my induction at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where I will be based for the next six months. My fellowship is part of the AHRC’s International Placement Scheme, and...

Retracing Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour: Day Four

Day 4 – Elgin Cathedral, Duff House, Banff, Aberdeen We moved east towards Elgin, where we visited the cathedral. Burns visited herel on the 7th of September 1787 and he notes that is has...

Retracing Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour: Day Three

Day 3 – Culloden, Kilravock Castle, Castle Cawdor and the Gun Lodge in Ardersier. From the Whitebridge Hotel we continued northwards through Inverness and on to Culloden Battlefield. Burns visited the site on the...

Retracing Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour: Day Two

Day 2 – Today took us from the Kenmore Hotel to Killiecrankie, Blair Castle, the Falls of Foyers and the Whitebridge Hotel, with our itinerary formed around Burns’s entry from the 31st August 1787:...