The Merry Muses of Caledonia Author:Robert Burns A collection of bawdy folksongs, ancient and modern. Authoritative text, annotated, unexpurgated. Robert Burns devoted his last ten years to writing and gathering Scottish folksongs, and at least one of his notebooks contained a collection of bawdy lyrics. For more than a century-and-a-half Bursn' unique collection of bawdy songs was available o... more »nly in garbled and bowdlerized versions. This unbowdlerized, completely annotated edition is based upon prodigious research and access to privately owned manuscripts.
The editors of this edition are the late Sir James Burke, a noted Burns authority, and Sydney Goodsir Smith, a well-known Scottish poet and critic. Professor J. DeLancey Ferguson has written a Preface and has contributed some authentic Burns texts. The scholarly nature of this volume makes it an important contribution to literary study, shedding fresh light on Burns' many-faceted poetic gift. And too, as an amusing collection of bawdy songs, it provides the sophisticated reader with a source of unparalleled delight.« less