Reading adventures

The University Library holds a rich selection of adventure books, from early examples such as Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe, to stories set across Britain's far-flung empire. Mapping the rise of the genre, the exhibition Reading Adventures will showcase a broad range of adventure narratives from the University Library's McLaren, Morgan and Public School Fiction collections. The exhibition will examine the growing popularity of adventure fiction during the nineteenth century, as printed books became more readily available and literacy rates rose. Featuring a range of lavish covers and attractive engravings, Reading Adventures will address how adventure stories developed in response to a changing body of readers. The exhibition will also include a public lecture program featuring the curator's talk and an exploration of how a new genre of fiction emerged in mid to late nineteenth century England.