Poetry readers, especially the many lovers of Burns, and readers of Scottish literature; students of eighteenth-century studies, Romantic literature, Scottish history and culture, folklore and folk-song.
Robert P. Irvine has written on Jane Austen and is the editor of The Edinburgh Anthology of Scottish Literature, 2 vols. (Kennedy and Boyd, 2009) and R. L. Stevenson's Prince Otto for the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (forthcoming).
"This enjoyable edition gives us Burns as an imaginary admirer might have followed his writing in all its craft and craftiness." - Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement
"A fantastic little primer for all our Burns suppers." - Music Matters, BBC Radio 3
Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock 1786)
from Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh 1787)
Songs from The Scots Musical Museum
Song from A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs, for the Voice (1798-9)
Other poems and songs published in Burns's lifetime
Other poems and songs published posthumously
Appendix 1: from the Letters
Appendix 2: contemporary reviews of the Kilmarnock Poems
Index of Titles and First Lines