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Burns' complete works to be published in scholarly edition

21st February 2011

The first complete scholarly edition of the works of Robert Burns is to be published thanks to a GBP 1 million grant awarded to a Scottish university.

Following the donation by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, academics at the University of Glasgow's Centre for Robert Burns Studies will publish six volumes of the poet's works over the next eight years.

A team of five literary scholars will oversee the project, entitled Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century, which will include works such as The Oxford Handbook to Robert Burns and The Collected Prose of Robert Burns.

These include leading international Burns expert Dr Gerry Carruthers, who said the latest grant, along with an Oxford University Press contract awarded in 2009, marks a 'seismic shift' in Burns studies.

'We now have the platform to assert Burns' status as a major Romantic-period artist alongside the likes of William Wordsworth and John Keats,' he explained.

In his Burns Day message last month, Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, said that every child should try to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and be inspired. 

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