Edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Dawsonville, GA, USA
Elizabeth Sudduth and Dr. G. Ross Roy
G. Ross Roy has done it again! He has published another
masterful book that will be used by scholars and laymen alike for years to
come. The new publication was compiled by Elizabeth A. Sudduth with the
assistance of Clayton Tarr. Sudduth is the head of Rare Books and Special
Collections Processing and Services for the Thomas Cooper Library at the
University of South Carolina and is very experienced in this field of work
and publishing. This catalogue contains over 6,000 items on Burns. Written
between the lines of this book is the story of a book collector’s dream – to
build one of the world’s most significant libraries or collections on Robert
Burns. Mission accomplished!
Honor upon honor continue to be bestowed on Dr. Roy,
America’s giant in the field of Scottish Literature and Robert Burns. The
University of Glasgow will present an honorary degree to Dr. Roy this
summer, and he holds another from the University of Edinburgh. He is an icon
in this field of study and is still at work building the library in honor of
Burns. Dr. Roy has no peer when it comes to collecting the works of Burns.
Only one other library in the world, The Mitchell in Glasgow, has more books
on Burns. Unlike the Roy collection, The Mitchell was not the dream of one
man. Neither was it built in such a short time as the Roy Collection which
was started in 1958, a mere 51 years ago.
Dr Ross Roy and Frank Shaw
Yet Dr. Roy is not a professional book collector. He has
spent a lifetime doing other things as well – teaching on the university
level, writing, speaking, and publishing. He has shared his knowledge on
Burns and Scottish literature with students, the academic community, and to
laymen like me. For over 75 years, since he was eight years old, his love
for Burns has been a beacon to young and old alike. This wonderful
octogenarian has devoted his entire life to Burns. He has, by example, shown
so many of us, myself included, to have great appreciation and love for both
subjects, and he has expanded the horizon for us all when it comes to Robert
Burns. Yes, there is a giant among us, and he is G. Ross Roy.
What brings forth this outpouring on my part concerning
this humble man? The new book does! The man himself does! The just-released
book is part of the university’s 250th birthday celebration of
Robert Burns. But that is not enough, a three day symposium is planned -
ROBERT BURNS AT 250: An International Conference at the University of
South Carolina in Columbia, April 2-4, 2009. Scholars and laymen
alike will meet to talk about and continue their studies of the Bard.
Listen to what others say
about this book and the man behind it:
catalogue will be an essential handbook for all Burnsians, collectors, and
researchers.” - Bill Dawson, president of the Robert Burns World Federation
internationally renowned Roy collection – the finest collection of Burns
material outside of Scotland – is here documented in all its richness and
diversity.” - Kenneth Simpson, honorary professor of Burns studies,
University of Glasgow.
scholars will find this volume to be an invaluable guide to many rare and
special materials, and all Burnsians will find much to engross them and
educate them even as they merely peruse this publication.” - Gerard
Carruthers, director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and head of the
Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
collection is dedicated to the study of Scotland’s greatest poet. Among its
many rare books is the exceptionally rare first printing of Poems,
Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published in 1786 in Kilmarnock,
Scotland. Any serious scholar or layman will want a copy of this new
catalogue for their own Burns collection. Ross Roy himself has written the
six-page introduction and the foreword is by the Dean of Libraries at the
University of South Carolina, Thomas F. McNally.
publication is available through Barnes & Noble. The online price is $59.95
with a Members’ discount price of only $47.96. ISNB 978-1-57003-829-7.
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