A LETTER written by Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and a document signed by novelist Robert Louis Stevenson are to go on display at the University of Edinburgh.
The artefacts are among the highlights of a summer exhibition that will mark 250 years of English Literature study at the University.
Also included in the display will be a thesis proposal by bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin, who studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh from 1978 to 1985.
A letter from Arthur Conan Doyle will be on display
The exhibition – called City of Words: Literary Critics in a Literary City- opens in the University’s Main Library in George Square in August. A preview can be seen in the University’s Visitor Centre in Charles Streetf rom next Thursday 24 May.
Edinburghis home to one of the oldest English Literature programmes in the world. Literary study was established in 1762 when the Rev Hugh Blair was appointed as the first Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres.
Among the 48 items on display in the exhibition will be the first edition of the influential Edinburgh Review from 1802; a University class list from 1779 belonging to Professor Blair; and a letter from Queen Victoria confirming a professorial appointment in 1865.
The exhibition will also feature a drawing of the Loch Ness Monster by celebrated Edinburgh publisher James Tait Black and a medal struck to mark Edinburgh’s designation as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.
Randall Stevenson, Professor of 20th Century Literature at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Dating all the way from 1762, literature has played a key role in the history of the University of Edinburgh.
“These objects illustrate how important this has also been for literary life in Edinburgh and beyond – for authors, publishing houses, theatres, readers, students and the public.”