The National Library of Scotland is joining in the celebrations in Edinburgh today for Robert Louis Stevenson Day.
RLS Day is now in its third year and is organised by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and the Centre for Literature and Writing at the city's Napier University. It commemorates one of Scotland's greatest writers on the day of his birth.
NLS, which has a unique collection of Stevenson material, is flying the Jolly Roger from its George IV Bridge Building in recognition of the author's best-known work, 'Treasure Island'. The book has never been out of print since first published in 1883.
In an evening talk at NLS, Andrew Martin, the Library's Curator of Modern Scottish Collections, will examine the enduring appeal of the novel. He will explore the story's success and impact, with illustrations from the Library's archives.
A small display of books outside the Library's General Reading Room is also part of the celebrations. These are mainly translations of Stevenson's work, and demonstrate the international impact of one of Scotland's literary giants.
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13 November 2013