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Explore Edinburgh’s Literary History

Explore Edinburgh’s Literary History On A School Trip Edinburgh’s status in the art world is well known, with its internationally famous arts festival taking place every August. Its place as a cultural centre for innovative and alternative art is well established, however a rich and extensive literary history lies at the heart of this. For many years Edinburgh has been a magnet for those with something to say, and visiting the city on a school trip will give literature students an eye opening insight into this history.19th Century Writers The writer of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, was born here in Edinburgh; 8 Howard Place is a two-storey Georgian house located on a busy road into the city. Its façade is the same as コーチ 財布 many others, but although the house is privately owned, engraved in stone next to the front door are the words “Robert Louis Stevenson was born in this house on 13th November 1850”. Stevenson spent his formative years in Edinburgh and studied Engineering at Edinburgh University. The Scott Monument is said to be the largest monument to any writer in the world, and is homage to Sir Walter Scott who was born in the city of Edinburgh. Scott died in 1832 at Abbotsford in Melrose, which is about one hour away from Edinburgh. For students on a school trip to the city, climbing the 287 steps to the top of the monument will reward them with wonderful views of the panoramic skyline and a close-up of the 64 statues of characters from Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels. The creator of the monument, George Meikle Kemp, was inspired by the architecture of Rosslyn Chapel and the foundation stone was laid on Scott’s birthday on 15th August 1840. (The statue at the base of the monument is of Sir Walter Scott and his beloved dog Maida.) One of Scott’s fellow writers, Charles Dickens, wasn’t so keen on the monument and is quoted as saying, "I am sorry to report the Scott Monument a failure. It is like the spire of a Gothic church taken off and stuck in the ground." The house has recently been opened to the public after extensive renovations. Abbotsford is Scott’s own creation and its design is in keeping with the Romantic Movement he helped create; it is also where he was inspired to write many of his great works such as Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and The Lady of the Lake. The Writers' Museum focuses on the lives コーチ of the three great Scottish writers Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. The museum exhibits many precious artefacts, including rare books and personal コーチ バッグ objects belonging to the writers and is a must-see on a school trip to the city.Contemporary LiteratureThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark who was born in the city, is often said to be the iconic Edinburgh novel. The school Spark attended, James Gillespie’s High School for Girls, was the inspiration for the Marcia Blaine School in the novel. J K Rowling is said to have written the first Harry Potter novel while sitting in the café The Elephant House in the Old Town, and The Oxford Bar, where Ian Rankin’s fictional Detective Inspector Rebus spent many hours, can also be visited. Less than half an hour from Edinburgh is the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, which played a large part in Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code. It seems that wherever students wander on a school trip to Edinburgh, they will be rubbing shoulders with writers old and new who have visited the city and been inspired before them.

By zaqenlin
Monday, 16 Sep 2013

 

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