Jesse Stuart was a Kentucky author who has been compared to Robert Burns. His poems, stories, and novels featured characters based on his native eastern Kentucky experience. Although he spent a lot of time away from his Kentucky homeland, he always seemed to return to it. Jesse Stuart has a Murray State connection with a fellowship bearing his name and from his many writing workshops. The Jesse Stuart Book Collection at Murray State University contains many of his novels, anthologies of his short stories, textbooks featuring his work, magazines and journals that published his work, and foreign language editions. Many of these came from his personal collection and are signed by him. The bulk of the book collection was donated to the library by Jesse Stuart in 1961, but over the years has been added to by donations of books, etc. from his fans.