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Victorian Blood BookMore information unearthed on the "Blood Book"

An article in the February issue of eNews highlighted the "Victorian Blood Book," a scrapbook from the library of Evelyn Waugh that consists of decoupage engravings embellished with hand-colored drops of "blood" and handwritten religious commentaries. Since he wrote the article, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian Richard Oram has unearthed new information about the book's origins, which he discusses in an AUDIO SLIDESHOW, featuring images of each page of the book.


"Reading Poe" posters available for download

The Ransom Center has concluded its Big Read campaign, but interested educators can download all the posters that were created to encourage the community to read the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The posters include photos of Robert De Niro, Jason Mraz, Bevo, Gail Goestenkors, the Texecutioners rollergirls team, and many others reading the Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. VIEW POSTERS.



Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works
Through January 3, 2010

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.


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.


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.



Poetry on the Plaza: The Moon and the StarsWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Moon and the Stars


TOUR Richard Oram, the Ransom Center’s Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian, leads a lunch-time gallery tour of Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works.


The Harry Ransom Center and the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin present "Frances Kiernan on Biography: One Biographer and Two Very Different Women."


OTHER WORLDS FILM SERIES A collection of early silent films, including Georges Méliès’s short A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) from 1902. VIEW TRAILER.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Poet and critic James Fenton discusses “Life-Writing,” new approaches to autobiography, biography, and memoir. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


OTHER WORLDS FILM SERIES Leslie Nielsen and Walter Pidgeon star in the 1956 science-fiction classic, Forbidden Planet, directed by Fred M. Wilcox. VIEW TRAILER.


Annotated typescript draft for Julian Barnes's

Inside the London Review of Books

Comprised of almost 600 archival boxes of correspondence and manuscripts, the records of the London Review of Books document nearly 30 years of opinion-making in literary culture. LEARN what the literary magazine’s archives, which reside at the Ransom Center, reveal about its illustrious contributors, editorial policies, and flair for controversy.


November 2009


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(Detail) Poster from Forbidden Planet.
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Page from "Victorian Blood Book."
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Exhibition identity for Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works.
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Hand-colored tarot cards designed by the famous Swiss Kabbalist Oswald Wirth. Aleister Crowley purchased the cards in Paris in 1906.
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Annotated typescript draft for Julian Barnes's "Diary" entry on the Booker Prize.

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