Harry Holland (1868–1933), militant socialist and the NZ Labour Party’s first leader, mixed politics with a passion for poetry. He loved the works of Burns, and drew on his life and verse as inspiration and example. Amid a hectic life fighting for left-wing causes, Holland found time to work on a study of the Scottish poet, to bring Burns to a working-class New Zealand audience.
This edition makes Holland’s study — and a selection of his own verses — accessible to a new generation of readers and students, and shows us a new aspect of the culture of the early labour movement in this country.
With its inflammatory chemistry of the passionate poet and the radical politician, this is a stirring and delightful book.