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T. C. Boyle signs the authors' door. Photo by Pete Smith.

Author T. C. Boyle's archive acquired

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of novelist and short-story writer Tom Coraghessan "T. C." Boyle, author of such acclaimed works as The Tortilla Curtain (1995) and World's End (1987). Spanning more than 30 years, from the 1970s to the present, the archive covers the breadth of Boyle's prolific career. LEARN MORE.


Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark visual effects producer Thomas Smith donates collection

Thomas Smith, visual effects producer for such films as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), has donated his archive to the Ransom Center. Smith was hired by George Lucas as the first head of Industrial Light & Magic and worked on the special effects for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989). LEARN MORE. Smith speaks about his life and career on campus on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at KLRU's Studio 6A in Communication Center B.


Undergraduates at the Ransom Center

Since its founding, the Ransom Center has been an important resource for undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin. Harry Ransom believed that meaningful undergraduate education was not complete without exposure to rare books and manuscripts. WATCH a video that shares how the Ransom Center enhances the undergraduate experience. Or, APPLY for an undergraduate internship.


Donated Tom Lea drawings add depth to collection

The Ransom Center recently received a generous gift of four Tom Lea drawings. Dating from 1931 to 1951, the drawings of dancers and an acrobat showcase another artistic focus of Lea’s expansive career. Donated by Sandra Snyder, the drawings were previously owned by her aunt, Martha Esquivel Hahn, of El Paso, Texas. The four works will be added to the Ransom Center’s Sarah and Tom Lea art collection. LEARN MORE.


View photos from "Kings & Creators"

Thank you to our members and guests who made the opening party for our spring exhibition a fun and successful event. There are many great images from the photo booth and the reception on our Flickr page. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two of the benefits of being a member. JOIN or VIEW PHOTOS.


Arnold Newman: Masterclass opens in Berlin

Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography in collaboration with the Ransom Center, the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass explores the career of Arnold Newman, one of the finest portrait photographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition opened last month in Germany at C|O Berlin. The Ransom Center, where Newman's archive resides, will host the exhibition’s first U.S. showing in February 2013. LEARN MORE.


The company she keeps: Frida Kahlo among women surrealists at LACMA

The Ransom Center recently loaned Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940) to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for the exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. LEARN MORE.



The King James Bible: Its History and Influence
Through July 29

The King James Bible: Its History and Influence

The King James Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary literature, music, film, art, and everyday speech. The exhibition examines the history of this translation and its far-reaching influence on writers, artists, and cultural figures, from John Milton to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norman Mailer. The exhibition features the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center’s history, as well as prints by Marc Chagall, silk screens by Jacob Lawrence, and sculpture by Eric Gill. LEARN MORE, VIEW A VIDEO PREVIEW, or BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR.




READING Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of the King James Bible. Readers include exhibition co-curator Danielle Brune Sigler, University of Texas at Austin Assistant Professor of English Coleman Hutchison, Steve Bishop of Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and Ron Smith of St. David's Episcopal Church.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Literary agent Bonnie Nadell and Little, Brown editor Michael Pietsch speak with Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin about their work with David Foster Wallace. The David Foster Wallace archive resides at the Ransom Center. Symposium registrants receive reserved seats. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.*


FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 9 A.M.–5 P.M.
SYMPOSIUM Writers, editors, and scholars including Colin Harrison, D. T. Max, and Seth Colter Walls discuss David Foster Wallace’s life, work, and archive. Limited capacity. VIEW DETAILS. PRE-REGISTRATION was required. This symposium will be WEBCAST LIVE.


MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders’ open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. BECOME A MEMBER.


Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces)
BIKE TOUR Explore art, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. On this route, we'll visit museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Ransom Center, and Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the Butler School of Music Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop. Ride size is limited, so please RSVP.


PERFORMANCE Join us for an afternoon of music with the Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl, a chamber music outreach project featuring performers from the Univeristy's Butler School of Music. Enjoy performances of Beethoven’s “Trio op. 11, III – Theme and Variations” and Albright’s “Pit Band” at the Ransom Center. Performances repeat every half hour . Other participating venues include The Blanton Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Center, and the Texas Memorial Museum.




HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Tom Smith, filmmaker and special effects pioneer, discusses his work on films including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. (1982), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Smith's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.*


MEMBER TOUR Co-curators Cathy Henderson, Ryan Hildebrand, Richard Oram, and Danielle Brune Sigler offer behind-the-scenes insights into The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. A reception follows. Open to Alliance-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required. JOIN, UPGRADE, or RENEW.


LECTURE Helen Moore, editor of Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible and Fellow and Tutor in English at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, speaks about the history of the King James translation. A reception follows. Co-sponsored by Corpus Christi College, Oxford and The Wall Street Journal. Books will be available for purchase at the visitors desk. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.

*Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Page from Charlotte Brontë's manuscript for There's Somethin

There really is “Something About Arthur”: A peek into Charlotte Brontë’s childhood

Charlotte Brontë’s unpublished juvenilia book “Something About Arthur,” housed at the Ransom Center, provides an active look into the childhood imagination of a woman who would become a major part of the Western literary canon. The story, written when Brontë was only 17, is small enough to fit in one hand. LEARN MORE.


April 2012


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(Detail) Tom Lea (American, 1907-2001). Untitled [Ballerina], 1951. Watercolor and ink wash on paper. © Tom Lea Institute.
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T. C. Boyle signs the authors' door. Photo by Pete Smith.
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Identity graphic for exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence.
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Song of Songs which is Solomon's (Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1902).
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Page from Charlotte Brontë's manuscript for "Something About Arthur."

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