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AN ESSAY ON THE GENIUS AND WRITINGS OF BURNS,
WHATEVER attaches to the memory of the" Bard of Scotland” cannot fail to excite, in all the lovers of song, intense and universal interest. The splendid productions of his muse, no longer the peculiar property of his own favored Land, have become a rich contribution to the whole " Republic of Letters,” while they take rank among those of Homer, Shakspeare, and Schiller, with a host of others, whose names are treasured up as "household deities.” In issuing the present Volume, the publishers feel assured that it will prove one of deep and permanent value, since i comprises a new Memoir of the Poet, by Allan Cunningham, one of the most competent of his biographers ; a series of graphic historical Notices of the Lecalicies rendered classic by his muse; together with some Original Izetters, never before printed in America, completing the entire Seričs of his Epistolary Correspondence; and an analytical and critical Essay on his genius and writings, by Thomas Carlyle, which, for its critical acumen, fine discriminating
taste and power, may be regarded as unsurpassed in the annals of - literary criticism. As a supplemental volume to all editions of the writings of Burns hitherto published, this work must prove of intrinsic value, since it will not only be found necessary to their completion, but, being illustrative of his works, will also be of important service to the full appreciation of the author.