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Title: William Dunbar : a biographical study
Author: Baxter, J. W.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1951
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In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the old Scots poets, not least in William Dunbar. They have again won recognition as providing a rich national heritage of poetry. Biographical a memoirs have been written by the various editors of Dunbar's works, beginning with Laing, the fullest being that by Dr. Mackay in Vol. I of the Scottish Text Society edition. These memoirs have of necessity been short and intended mainly as introductions to the poems. Several detached biographical sketches have appeared also. But nowhere has Dunbar's career been discussed and documented on a scale adequate to its complexity and to the stature of the poet. Even the study by Professor Schipper of Vienna, which appeared in 1884, was designed chiefly as a framework for his translations of Dunbar's poems into modern German. The chief evidence is contained in the poems themselves, which abound in historical and biographical material. Accordingly I have had to consider the texts carefully. But in addition I have tried to use to the full the evidence of contemporary records. My debt to the editors, moreover, is very great, and it is indicated continually throughout the work. Especially I must pay humble tribute to the learning and sound sense of David Laing. Continual reference is made to the admirably compact and readable edition by Dr. W. Mackay Mackenzie, since it alone is readily accessible to the general reader to-day.
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