ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Cunningham

(1784-1842)


Allan Cunningham began his career as an apprentice stonemason with only a dame-school education. He marched in Burns's funeral, made the acquaintance of James Hogg, and began collecting (and writing) Scots poetry. In 1810 he traveled to London and worked in the studio of the sculptor Francis Chantrey. Cunningham contributed to Blackwood's and the London Magazine, and edited The Anniversary, a prominent annual. With C. W. Dilke, J. H. Reynolds, and Thomas Hood, Allan Cunningham was part-proprietor of The Athenaeum. He published using the signature "Hildallan."


TEXT RECORDS:

1812The Scottish Seer.
1817The Soldier's Return from Waterloo.
1830The Maid of Elvar.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Eighth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Eleventh.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Fifth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Fourth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Ninth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Second.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Seventh.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Sixth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Tenth.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Third.
1830The Maid of Elvar. Part Twelfth.

PUBLICATIONS:

The magic bridle. nd.
Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway song. 1810.
Songs, chiefly in the rural language of Scotland. 1813.
Sir Marmaduke Maxwell: a dramatic poem; The mermaid of Galloway; The legend of Richard Faulder etc. 1822.
Traditional tales of the English and Scottish peasantry. 2 vols,1822.
The songs of Scotland, ancient and modern, with introduction and notes. 4 vols, 1825.
Paul Jones: a romance. 3 vols, 1828.
Sir Michael Scott: a romance. 3 vols, 1828.
Lives of the most eminent British painters, sculptors, and architects. 6 vols, 1829-33.
Some account of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott. 1832.
The Maid of Elvar: a poem in twelve parts. 1833.
The cabinet gallery of pictures. 2 vols, 1833-34.
Biographical and critical history of the British literature of the last fifty years. 1834.
Lord Roldan: a romance. 3 vols, 1836.
The life and correspondence of Robert Burns. 1836.
The life and land of Burns with contributions by T. Campbell and an essay by T. Carlyle [ed. Cunningham]. 3 vols, 1843.
Poems and Songs, ed. Peter Cunningham. 1847.
Correspondence in David Hogg, The Life of Cunningham (1875).