"Scrupulously detailed...Leask convincingly explains how the life of the poet is much more complicated than the myths of the life, and how the poetry plays between the two in a stunning variety of attitudes and addresses. The poetry looks all the better for it." --The Wordsworth Circle
"Excellent...offers a rich new contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of the Scottish Enlightenment." --Modern Philology
About the Author
Nigel Leask is Regius Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow. He grew up in Stirlingshire and was educated at Edinburgh Academy, and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He was a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge for many years, and a Reader in Romantic Literature at Cambridge University, before moving to Glasgow in 2004. He has published widely on Romantic literature and has a special interest in Scottish Literature and Culture of the 'Long Eighteenth Century', Romantic literature and the British Empire, and travel writing. He has also taught at the University of Bologna, Italy, and a visiting professorship at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He is married with two daughters and lives in Glasgow.