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Poe Mania

Poe Mania online this week

In anticipation of the opening of its exhibition in honor of the 2009 bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, the Ransom Center introduces a week of Poe Mania, featuring online content that celebrates the American poet, critic, and inventor of the detective story. Today you can SUBMIT a parody of "The Raven" for the chance to win a Poe-centric prize. Check the Poe Mania website every day this week for new content.


Ransom Center launches capital campaign

The Ransom Center is embarking on a $15 million capital campaign to enhance its collections and curatorial capacity, create additional opportunities for scholarship and study, support preservation projects, develop new exhibitions and programs, and expand its technological capabilities to bring its holdings to ever-widening audiences. LEARN MORE about "Culture Unbound: An Investment in Discovery" and its priorities.


New Ransom Center blog

The Ransom Center has launched its new blog, Cultural Compass. Contributors affiliated with the Center give an insider's look at the work and collections at the Ransom Center. The blog features a range of content from unique posts to the latest happenings at the Center. READ THE BLOG.


Ransom Center now accepting applications for fellowships

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2010-2011 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2010. About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects related to its collections. LEARN MORE about the application process.


Norman Mailer papers chronicle Apollo 11 trip to the moon

Norman Mailer chronicled the evolution of America's space program and the 1969 journey of Apollo 11 in a three-part article for LIFE. Portions of the piece ultimately became Mailer's book Of a Fire on the Moon. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, VIEW some of the research materials that Norman Mailer compiled for Of a Fire on the Moon.



From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe
September 8, 2009-January 3, 2010

From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe

Experience the enduring influence of Edgar Allan Poe in this comprehensive exhibition about the great American poet, critic, and inventor of the detective story. Commemorating the bicentennial
of Poe’s birth, this exhibition draws upon the extensive holdings of the Ransom Center and the University of Virginia to explore Poe’s works, his relationships and mysterious death, and his literary reputation. Highlights include letters from and about the author, Poe’s writing desk, original illustrations, and manuscripts of such works as “The Bells” and “The Raven.” LEARN MORE or VIEW a video preview of the exhibition.


Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works

Discover “other worlds” and the changing notions of the solar system, the moon, and the planets over the centuries. In conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, this exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Center’s collections, showcases important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years. Highlights include the Coronelli celestial globe (1688); Copernicus’s De Revolutionibus (1543); first editions of works by Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton; and the first map of the moon. LEARN MORE.


Through January 3

On Display: Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed artworks.



Poetry on the Plaza: Farewell to SummerWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Farewell to Summer


TOUR Richard Oram, the Ransom Center’s Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian, leads a gallery tour of From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.


PERFORMANCE Isaiah Sheffer of Selected Shorts, heard on public radio stations across America, hosts “Edgar Allan Poe: Poet and Storyteller,” featuring actors René Auberjonois and Fionnula Flanagan. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE. Actors subject to change.


LECTURE Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize-winner and Professor in the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin, discusses “The Uses of Astronomy.”


POE FILM SERIES Two silent classics, The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber, and a French adaptation, La Chute de la maison Usher (1928), directed by Jean Epstein. WATCH TRAILER.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Sand and the Oyster: The Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy


Beckett's Doodles

No Symbol Where None Intended: Samuel Beckett's Doodles

Scholar Bill Prosser examines the many doodles found in Samuel Beckett's notebooks in the Ransom Center collections and asks what these doodles tell us about Beckett and his creative process. READ MORE.


September 2009


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Doodle from the "Watt" notebooks by Samuel Beckett. Copyright © 2009 by the Estate of Samuel Beckett. Reprinted by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc. All rights reserved.
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