Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894

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stevenson from a woodcutoriginally exhibited summer 1994-spring 1995
Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina

text by Patrick Scott & Roger Mortimer,
with assistance from Bruce Bowlin

The University of South Carolina marked the centenary of Robert Louis Stevenson's death in 1894 with a special exhibition illustrating his life and writing career. Drawing on the excellent Stevenson holdings in the University Libraries' Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and on additional items from the G. Ross Roy Collection of Scottish Literature, the original exhibit included most of Stevenson's first editions, the early magazine publication of Treasure Island and other adventure stories, and a full range of his travel writings, sensation fiction such as the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and later Scottish novels. This online version includes additional materials not included in the original exhibit as well as hypertext links to other sites of interest.

The exhibit and accompanying symposium were funded in part by the South Carolina Humanities Commission, a state-level agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Acknowledgements are also due to the Thomas Cooper Society, the Department of English, and the College of Library and Information Science for support in various ways.


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