'The Lounger: a periodical paper' containing a review of Robert Burns

Date:
1786 
Location:
Edinburgh 
Creator:
Henry Mackenzie, Author; William Creech, publisher 
Object Number:
3.2498

Summary

Robert’s Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was well received by locals and literary critics alike.

In this review from The Lounger, an Edinburgh-based periodical, author Henry MacKenzie christens Burns a ‘heaven-taught ploughman’ and declares the volume a work of genius.

Mackenzie wrote:
'Burns possesses the spirit as well as the fancy of a poet. That honest pride and independence of soul which are sometimes the muse’s only dower break forth on every occasion in his works.'

Robert must have been ecstatic, as Mackenzie penned his favourite book, The Man of Feeling.

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