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  NEWS


Robert De Niro is reading Poe. Are you?Who's reading Edgar Allan Poe?

As part of the Ransom Center's Big Read initiative, photos of many familiar faces reading Poe will be unveiled this month on the Ransom Center's blog, Cultural Compass. FIND OUT which Pulitzer Prize-winning author is reading Poe today.

 

Ransom Center acquires papers of Jayne Anne Phillips

The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the papers of American novelist Jayne Anne Phillips. Known for her poetic prose and her in-depth study of family dynamics, Phillips has published six novels and story collections over the last three decades. Her most recent work is Lark and Termite (2009). The acquisition contains manuscripts in multiple stages for Black Tickets (1979), Machine Dreams (1984), Shelter (1995), Motherkind (2000), and Lark and Termite, as well as dozens of individual short stories and essays, some never published. LEARN MORE.

 

Scholar donates Fitzgerald, Hemingway materials

A collection of materials from the estate of Matthew Bruccoli (1931-2008), a professor, researcher, and editor known for his lifelong interest in and scholarship on F. Scott Fitzgerald, has been donated to the Ransom Center. Most of the collection materials concern Bruccoli's work on the Dictionary of Literary Biography, a definitive literary encyclopedia consisting of nearly 400 volumes to date, and his research and writing on Fitzgerald and Hemingway. LEARN MORE.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan PoeThrough 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 VISIT the Poe digital collections to explore images of Poe manuscripts, letters, and more.

 

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. VIEW an interactive virtual model of the Coronelli celestial globe.

 

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. LEARN MORE.

 

  OCTOBER PROGRAMS

The Fall of the House of UsherMONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7 P.M.
POE FILM SERIES The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. VIEW TRAILER.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Edgar Allan Poe

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7 P.M.
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Alan Furst, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, reads from his work and answers audience questions. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7 P.M.
POE FILM SERIES Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), starring Vincent Price. VIEW TRAILER.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE Lucien Douglas, Professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, performs “The Tell-Tale Heart” and other selections from Edgar Allan Poe. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7 P.M.
POE FILM SERIES Roger Corman’s The Raven (1963), starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff. VIEW TRAILER.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7 P.M.
TOUR Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center’s Curator of British and American Literature, leads a gallery tour of From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7 P.M.
POE FILM SERIES Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim bring three adaptations of Poe stories to the screen in the 1968 film Spirits of the Dead (Histoires extraordinaires). VIEW TRAILER.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM
PERFORMANCE Music from the Collections: Robert Freeman, Professor of musicology at The University of Texas at Austin, presents “Can You Tell a Joke with Music?” featuring works by Chabrier, Debussy, Haydn, and Mozart. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE. Media sponsor: Classical 89.5 KMFA.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, STATE CAPITOL
DISCUSSION The Ransom Center and the Texas Book Festival present a panel on the post-racial American fiction landscape with writers Colson Whitehead and Percival Everett. The panel will be moderated by Walton Muyumba, writer, critic, and associate professor of American and African-American literature at the University of North Texas.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, STATE CAPITOL
BOOTH Visit the Ransom Center’s booth at the Texas Book Festival for reading guides, bookmarks, and a limited number of free copies of The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, the selection for the Ransom Center’s Big Read program.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Emiliano Zapata

Josť Guadalupe Posada: Printmaker to the Mexican People

Artist Josť Guadalupe Posada's graphic legacy is as recognizable today as it was in turn-of-the-century Mexico, and his distinctive skeleton print calaveras have become synonymous with the traditional Day of the Dead celebration. From news bulletins to political propaganda to children's theatrical works, Posada's illustrations embellished nearly every form of print media in his day; the Ransom Center's collection comprises about 360 such prints, as well as related ephemera. LEARN MORE about the man who ushered in Mexico's golden age of printmaking and inspired the work of fellow artists Diego Rivera and Josť Clemente Orozco.

 

 
October 2009

IN THIS ISSUE


Writers Reflect
Ransom Center open late on Thursdays
Explore The First Photograph

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) Illustration from Blaeu's Atlas maior (1665).
News image:
Actor, director, and producer Robert De Niro is reading Poe. Photo by Pete Smith.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity for From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.
Public Programs image:
Film still from The Fall of the House of Usher (1960).
Insider's Perspective image:
Josť Guadalupe Posada illustration of Emiliano Zapata.

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