Tam O Shanter: A Tale by Robert Burns

Tam O Shanter: A Tale by Robert Burns


By (author) Robert Burns, Illustrated by Alexander Goudie, Other Edward J. Cowan

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  • Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 282mm x 24mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1780270364
  • ISBN 13: 9781780270364
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 501,351

Product description

Funny, scurrilous, chilling and gloriously inventive, Tam o' Shanter is widely regarded as Robert Burns' masterpiece. This magnificent edition of the poem features the work of Alexander Goudie, one of Scotland's greatest twentieth-century artists who, over a period of many years, was inspired by the poem to produce some of his most powerful and imaginative paintings, which capture all the menace and comedy of Burn's poem. Together with introductory essays by historian Edward Cowan, literary critic Alan Riach (both of Glasgow University) and the artist's son, Lachlan Goudie, this is the definitive edition of one of the greatest works of Scottish literature.

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Alexander Goudie (1933 - 2004) is widely acclaimed as having been one of Scotland's finest figurative painters. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and taught there for many years before dedicating himself to his own studio work. As a portraitist his sitters included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord, Billy Connolly and a host of other figures drawn from the worlds of politics, commerce and entertainment.

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'Deserves to be ranked among the best illustrated cycles in Scottish Art' - Sir Timothy clifford 'Alexander Goudie's Tam o'Shanter paintings represent an unparalleled achievement in 20th-century Scottish painting' - the scotsman