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Robert Louis Stevenson Website Announced

Friday, 19 December 2008

Fresh address to be given to literary legend

One of the capital's most famous literary sons is to be honoured with a new website for academics and enthusiasts alike.

The life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson will be housed on a new website to be developed by Napier University in conjunction with Stirling and Edinburgh Universities.

Dr Linda Dryden, Reader in Literature, at Napier said: "We have recently secured£34,500funding from the Carnegie Trust which will enable us to get underway with the project and employ a researcher/web designer.

"The site will include a brief biography of Stevenson, a timeline, publication history, and pages devoted to the major figures in his life from his parents, to Belle Strong and W. E. Henley."

The team behind the website are conscious of Stevenson's growing reputation and of the need for a site comparable to that of Joseph Conrad and other writers who feature regularly on the school and university curriculum.

Dr Dryden said: "Education is the cornerstone of this project and consequently we are keen that this project should reach and benefit as wide an audience as possible. Therefore we have built into it, an element of schools' resources, in the form of reading packs from the City of Literature, and recommended reading for school children. This will mean that they too can begin to appreciate the extraordinary talent that this Scottish writer possessed.

"Through this website we also intend to continue the task of recuperating Stevenson's reputation as a Scottish author of prodigious talent, and we want to do this as an initiative to celebrate Scottish talent both in terms of Stevenson and the academic excellence in literary studies available within our institutions.

"This project is designed to benefit Scotland, to involve academics in Scottish institutions, to celebrate Scottish literary heritage and to project all of this onto a world-wide community."

Information about Scottish locations connected to Stevenson will also be made available as will information about sites abroad such as Vailima on Samoa and Monterey and Lake Saranac in the States to show the international facets of his life and work.

Dr Dryden added: "This website will build on that success and project Stevenson to the whole world, making his works available to new international constituencies of readers. It will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the foremost Stevenson scholars, and has the backing of the City of Literature, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Scottish Book Trust, Publishing Scotland, and The Robert Louis Stevenson Club.

 "By 2010 we will have a website that will effectively bring Stevenson back home to Edinburgh and to Scotland, while at the same time projecting his reputation out to the wider world." 


Further Information
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