The Robert Louis Stevenson Website was launched on 13 November 2009. Please visit the site at www.robert-louis-stevenson.org.
The RLS Website, a project funded by a £34,500 grant from the Carnegie Trust, is a freely available online resource dedicated to the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson. The site makes Stevenson texts and information about his life and works available worldwide, appealing to students, scholars and enthusiasts.
Originally created by Professor Richard Dury of the University of Bergamo, the site has been redesigned and extended under the guidance of Professor Linda Dryden of the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) at Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Hilary Grimes is the researcher and content writer for the project, and Callum Egan is the web designer. In addition, Professor David Benyon has offered his expertise on design and usability aspects of the site. This project has received support from Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, literary trusts like the City of Literature, the Writers' Museum of Edinburgh, and Stevenson enthusiasts, museum curators and academics worldwide.
This new RLS website is a considerable resource for scholars and enthusiasts of Stevenson, more comprehensive than any current such resource. It not only provides information and images about Stevenson, but also situates Stevenson firmly in Edinburgh, focusing on the city's - and Scotland's - influence on his writing, an aspect of Stevenson studies which has too often been overlooked. Collecting together under one site all the past and current scholarly work on RLS, as well as the full texts and a significant proportion of the available photographs of the author, this site reaches a global audience. As such, the website makes a significant contribution to the growing reputation of RLS as an important literary figure and personality of the late nineteenth century.
Image used courtesy of Mark Butterworth.