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If Tam o'Shanter'd had a wheel

Author Boylan, Grace Duffie
Title If Tam o'Shanter'd had a wheel
Imprint New York: E. R. Herrick
Date of Publication 1898
Language
Notes Boylan (1862-1935) was a writer for the Chicago Journal, as well as a poet and novelist. This collection of writings includes poems on religion and social justice as well as short stories set in many lands. The short heroic poem 'The Cuban Amazon' celebrates Inez Cari, the black woman who led a Cuban revolt against Spain. The title of the volume comes from the first poem, which whimsically re-writes Robert Burns's famous poem, imagining instead a young man on a bicycle pursuing a witch-like lady also on two wheels. The scene is depicted on the front cover, with a cyclist in tartan and witches and bats in the background. This acquisition suggests the influence of Burns on radical American literature.
Shelfmark AB.2.206.003
Acquired on 06/06/05
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