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Tam o' Shanter – Limited Edition – Without Slipcase
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Publication Date
05 December 2008
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Birlinn Limited
Full colour throughout

Tam o' Shanter – Limited Edition – Without Slipcase

Illustrated by Illustrated by Alexander Goudie
by Robert Burns - Find out more about the author
‘Beautiful’ – Scotland on Sunday
This edition comes without a slipcase. 
To scots the world over, Tam o’ Shanter – funny, scurrilous, gloriously inventive – has achieved iconic status. Full of marvellous images it waited over 200 years for the partner who could realise the vision in the words. That partner was Alexander Goudie. His cycle of Burns paintings, worked on for many years, captures all the facets of this marvellous poem and are full of energy and life. 
Originally planned to be bought as a cycle by the National Gallery, the bulk of the paintings now reside in Rozelle House in Ayrshire. However Sandy continued to work on Tam until the end of his life and for the first time this book matches together Burns peerless poem with the full range of Sandy’s paintings and drawings. Introduced and edited by Ted Cowan and Alan Riach of Glasgow University, this is not simply a beautiful book but the definitive edition of Burns’ masterpiece.
Alexander Goudie RP. RGI. is widely acclaimed as having been one of Scotland’s finest figurative painters. He was born in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley in 1933. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under William Armour, David Donaldson and Benno Schotz. For many years he was a tutor at the school, before dedicating himself to his own studio work. As a portraitist his sitters included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Billy Connolly and a host of other figures drawn from the worlds of politics, commerce and entertainment. He died in 2004.
Robert Burns (25 January 1759-21 July 1796) is, quite simply, Scotland’s Bard. A poet and lyricist, he began life as a farm labourer but shot to fame following the publication of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect. Lionised by polite society, Burns’ fame – and life – unfortunately did not last and he died at the early age of 37. In that short time, though, he took the Scottish literary world by storm, secured a place for himself in history and legend and left a legacy that continues of influence to this day.