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About Patrick Scott

My research now focuses chiefly on Scottish literature (especially Burns and Hogg), with some continuing work on Victorian poetry (especially Tennyson). My major project is an edition of James Hogg's Memoir of Robert Burns, for the Stirling-South Carolina Edition of James Hogg. Since 2012 (vol. 37), I have been one of the two joint-editors for Studies in Scottish Literature, now published twice each year, and I also edit two other publication series associated with the journal and the Roy Collection, Scottish Poetry Reprints and the South Carolina Scottish Literature Series. My own recent work has included several essays on Burns manuscripts and the early publishing history of Burns's works, a coauthored census of extant copies of Burns's first book with an introductory essay on its production, a co-edited online edition of writings by the Scottish (and South Carolinian) poet Gavin Turnbull, and two new titles in the Scottish Poetry Reprints. Other ongoing projects (some collaborative) include: an edition of G.D. Brown's shorter writings; a preliminary edition of letters written to Robert Burns; and a research project on the printer John Wilson of Kilmarnock. The list below is arranged by categories, with Scottish literature first, followed by earlier work in Victorian literature (with categories for Tennyson, Clough, and Other), bibliography & rare book librarianship, African literature, and the history of rhetoric and English studies. For general information, see:


Present Distinguished Professor of English, emeritus, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Editor, Studies in Scottish Literature, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Hon. Research Fellow in Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Research Interests

Scottish Literature, Victorian Literature, Bibliography, History of the Book, Rare Book Librarianship, African Literature, and History of English Studies, Composition, Rhetoric

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 elected Honorary Fellow, Association for Scottish Literary Studies
  • 2014, 1991, 1990, 1987, 1985 National Endowment for the Humanities grants
  • 2012 Hon. Life Member, Thomas Cooper Society
  • 2010 Hon. Member, Burns Club of Atlanta
  • 2010 Roy-Scott Room, Hollings Library, named by donors
  • 2008 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award
  • 2004 Mungo Award for Undergraduate Teaching
  • 2003, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1994, 1988, 1985 Humanities Council SC grants
  • 2001 Georgia Humanities Council grant
  • 1999 Leab Award (ALA/ACRL)
  • 1998-2000 & 2008-2010 President, Victorians Institute
  • 1985 English Dept. Teacher of the Year


  • Robert Burns & 18th Century Scotland
  • Descriptive Bibliography/ History of the Book
  • Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship
  • Six Centuries of the Book
  • Tennyson, Place & Culture
  • The Great War and Literature


Scottish Literature (114)