Immortal memory burns and the scottish people by christopher a whatley find out more about the author an invaluable and subtle guide to the posthumous life of burns it is not an unproblematic story and whatley tells it with panache and rigour. The man who first taught the scottish people to stand erect hugh miller 1856 writing in 1856 hugh miller might well have been referring to the numerous burns statues constructed in the nineteenth century resulting in the poet quite literally standing erect across scottish towns and villages perhaps unusually for a man who regularly . A mainstay of burns suppers the immortal memory celebrates burns enduring spirit its a fitting tribute for one who himself did so much to preserve and popularise scotlands rich historical cultural and literary heritage. Immortal memory burns and the scottish people robert burns was by far and away the most iconic figure in nineteenth century scotland multiple editions of his works poured incessantly from the presses unprecedentedly large crowds gathered to commemorate him at huge festivals and at the unveiling of memorials. Christopher whatleys immortal memory burns and the scottish people reviewed by patrick scott christopher whatleys new book on how the victorians quite literally made a monument out of robert burns may seem secondary to the study of burns himself and its major focus on public statuary might seem a mere side issue to his achievement as
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