Display of Blackwood’s Magazine
The current exhibition of Blackwood’s Magazine at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh is small, consisting of a few posters (of jacket designs or illustrations) and a couple of display cases. So you wouldn’t travel a long way to see it: but if you happen to be in the area it’s certainly diverting.
The exhibition focuses on the big literary names and the big moments in the magazine’s history.
There are are letters from, or editions of, for example, Conrad (including Heart of darkness), Conan Doyle (The haunted grange of Goresthorpe), Margaret Oliphant, and George Eliot (The lifted veil), plus the edition from 1817 containing the infamous critique of Keats and associates.
It is perhaps encouraging for wannabes to learn that even writers such as Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson on occasion suffered rejection.