Category: Prose

Burns Documents at the NRO

Dr Carol Baraniuk (Research Associate at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies): Much of the current work of research staff on Burns C21 involves the transcription of manuscripts associated with Burns’s correspondence. It’s a...

Guest Blog by Professor Patrick Scott – The mysterious ‘WR’ once more: a mid-Victorian reminiscence

This is a follow-up to Nigel Leask’s blog-posts last June and again in October, commenting on the identity of the mysterious ‘WR.’ WR was one of several people who made annotations to Burns’s First...

Publication of Volume 1 of the New Oxford Edition of The Works of Robert Burns: A Note from the General Editor, Gerard Carruthers

It is hugely satisfying to see the fine book in its Oxford University Press critical edition garb. Prof Nigel Leask’s volume is the first in our ‘Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns’,...

Publication of Volume 1 of the New Oxford Edition of The Works of Robert Burns: A Note from the Editor, Nigel Leask

My volume of the new Oxford Burns edition, Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, was officially published on 31st July. I was thrilled to receive my copy on the 10th August 2014, just...

Nigel Leask speaks about Burns’s Prose: New iTunes-U Podcast

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies has recently uploaded a selection of papers from the ‘Robert Burns: At Home and Abroad’ conference to the iTunes-U website. Among these is a paper delivered by Professor...

Who is the ghostly ‘WR’ in the First Commonplace book?

Who was the ‘WR’ who wrote annotations in Burns’s first Commonplace Book, annotations addressed directly to the poet? Clearly not to be confused with the annotation of later commentators like Syme, Currie and Roscoe,...