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Literary “best of” lists of 2008 feature books by and about Ransom Center writers

Several authors from the Ransom Center’s collections were recognized in 2008 for their work. VIEW A LIST of authors and find out which books were praised.


Fritz Henle photography book now available

UT Press and the Ransom Center have jointly published a a catalog of Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty, the retrospective exhibition of the life and career of this important twentieth-century photographer. The catalog reproduces 127 of Henle's black-and-white and color photographs and covers the entire range of Henle's work, including significant items from the photographer's archive and family. PURCHASE this publication in the Ransom Center's online store.


New online James Joyce checklist tracks materials relating to the author

An international checklist of publications by and about James Joyce (1882-1941) is now online. The "James Joyce Checklist: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials" may be searched by a variety of methods, including authors' names, journal or book titles, and keywords. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center materials featured in exhibitions

The exhibition Blake to Kahlo to Warhol: Masterworks from the Harry Ransom Center is on display through March 29 at the El Paso Museum of Art. The exhibition features 14 works of art from the Ransom Center’s collections. Also, the Ransom Center's photography exhibition The Image Wrought: Historical Photographic Approaches in the Digital Age is on display at Bowdoin College in Maine.



The Persian Sensation

February 3-August 2, 2009

The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West

The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald’s landmark translation of the poetry of the medieval Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám. These gemlike verses about mortality, fate, and doubt became an unprecedented popular phenomenon in England and America but have since fallen into obscurity. Featuring 200 items from the Ransom Center’s extensive collections, the exhibition narrates The Rubáiyát’s history through such items as Persian manuscripts, miniature editions, and illustrated parodies. LEARN MORE and view a VIDEO PREVIEW. Also, join the Omar Khayyám Club on Facebook.


Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the art of freelance photographer Fritz Henle (1909-1993). A contributor to such magazines as LIFE and Harper’s Bazaar, Henle had a distinctive style that was characterized by a unique combination of the realistic and the romantic. Featuring more than 125 photographs, this exhibition encompasses a broad range of Henle’s work, including images of 1930s New York, Mexico, and Paris; innovative nudes; and portraits of famous personalities. LEARN MORE and view a VIDEO PREVIEW.



Fritz Henle self-portraitTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 7 P.M.
PANEL Marguerite, Martin, and Tina Henle discuss photographer Fritz Henle’s life and legacy with Roy Flukinger, the Ransom Center’s Senior Research Curator of Photography and curator of the exhibition Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty. This program will be WEBCAST.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Rossetti Circle


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Playwright, writer, and film director David Mamet, whose papers are housed at the Ransom Center, joins The University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr. for a conversation about The Spanish Prisoner (1997) and a screening of the film. Sponsored by the University Co-operative Society. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The conversation will be WEBCAST.


TOUR Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center’s Curator of British and American Literature, and Michelle Kaiserlian, guest curator, lead a gallery tour of The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West.


RUBÁIYÁT FILM SERIES William Dieterle’s The Lives, Loves, and Adventures of Omar Khayyam (1957), starring Cornel Wilde.


PERFORMANCE Music from the Collections: Alan Roughley, Executive Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and pianist Dianne O’Hara read and perform works by Anthony Burgess. This program will be WEBCAST. Media sponsor: Classical Austin 89.5 KMFA.


Victorian Blood Book

Victorian Blood Book

One of the more unusual items in the Evelyn Waugh collection at the Ransom Center is a book known as the “Victorian Blood Book.” The book features pages of carefully cut-out and assembled engravings from books embellished with hand-colored drops of “blood” and handwritten religious commentaries. LEARN MORE about this object of fascination and mystery.


February 2009


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Masthead image:
(Detail) Fritz Henle. The Story of Life: Underwater Nude, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. ca. 1975. © Fritz Henle Estate.
News image:
(Detail) Cover of Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture.
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Identity image for The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West
Public Programs image:
Fritz Henle. Self-portrait. ca. 1933. © Fritz Henle Estate.
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Page from "Victorian Blood Book."

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