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'The Works of Robert Burns, with an Account of his Life, Criticism on his Writing, etc'

Introduction:
This is volume one of a four volume edition of the works of Robert Burns edited by James Currie and published in 1818. Currie was a doctor, working in Liverpool, but originally from Annan who was chosen by Burns' friends to write his biography.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1983.66.6
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper, board; animal skin, leather
Dimensions:
Width: 105 mm height: 165 mm
What:
Book, 'The Works of Robert Burns'
Subject:
Currie was a reformed alcoholic and chose to put a sanctimonious and moralising slant on Burns' way of life, painting a picture of drunkenness and excess in the poet's later years.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poetical work by)
James Currie (editor)
James Robertson (Parliament Square, Edinburgh) (publisher)
W Blair (James' Court, Edinburgh) (printer)
William Nivison (North Bridge, Edinburgh) (publisher)
Mrs. Thos H McGowan (presented to her by her uncle, John McGowan)
John McGowan (presented to his niece, Mrs. Thos H McGowan)
When:
1818
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Currie was a reformed alcoholic and chose to put a sanctimonious and moralising slant on Burns' way of life, painting a picture of drunkenness and excess in the poet's later years.
Description:
The biography, published in 1800, only four years after the poet's death was an immediate success and raised ¶œ1,400 for his widow and family. However, its treatment of Burns' life has left misconceptions which persist to this day.