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Harry Ransom Center eNews May 2011 eNews
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  NEWS

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace

Preview archival materials related to Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King

A digital preview of archival materials relating to David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King is now available on the Ransom Center’s website. The preview, a collaboration between the Center and publisher Little, Brown and Company, includes a series of drafts of the “Author’s Foreword,” which eventually became chapter nine of The Pale King. Michael Pietsch, Wallace’s longtime editor, provides context about the pages and elaborates on the publication of the novel. VIEW PREVIEW.

 

The Paris Review celebrates James Salter Month

Ransom Center author James Salter received The Paris Review’s Hadada Prize, which is awarded annually to a “distinguished member of the literary community who has demonstrated a strong and unique commitment to literature.” In honor of the prize, The Paris Review's blog highlighted essays about Salter’s work, as well as items from Salter's archive at the Ransom Center. LEARN MORE.

 

Ransom Center receives collection of miniature books

The Ransom Center recently received a gift of more than 60 miniature books from printer, collector, and aficionado Duane Scott, proprietor of the Scott Free Press. The gift includes books Scott printed under his Scott Free Press imprint, as well as examples published by others such as Achille J. St. Onge, The Press of the Indiana Kid, Arm and Hammer Press, Black Cat Press, The Hillside Press, and Tabula Rasa Press. Scott’s gift is a substantial addition to the Ransom Center’s collection of miniature books. LEARN MORE and view a slideshow with examples of some of the interesting and quirky books produced by the press.

 

Final report published as part of Mellon-funded project on computer forensics and born-digital cultural heritage

The Ransom Center recently participated in a Mellon-funded project, led by Matthew Kirschenbaum at the University of Maryland, to explore the convergences between computer forensics and the preservation of born-digital cultural heritage materials. Gabriela Redwine, Ransom Center archivist, and Richard Ovenden, associate director and keeper of special collections at the Bodleian Library, served as collaborators on the project. The report, "Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections," was recently published by the Council on Library and Information Resources. LEARN MORE.

 

View photographs from Director’s Welcome and Member Open House

New and upgraded Harry Ransom Center members enjoyed an evening of insider access on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The evening included a sneak peek of the fall exhibitions, performances by Austin Shakespeare, and the opportunity to make custom screen-printed Ransom Center t-shirts. VIEW PHOTOS or BECOME A MEMBER.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Becoming Tennessee Williams
Through July 31, 2011

Becoming Tennessee Williams

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center’s extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the “wild at heart kept in cages,” a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams’s personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.

 

Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century

This exhibition commemorates the Ransom Center's tireless hunt for archives that will capture the imagination, invigorate scholarly research, and deepen our understanding of culture. Highlighting major acquisitions in this new century, the exhibition demonstrates how the Center builds a collection of interrelated archives that strengthen and give context to one another. The exhibition showcases materials from both major and lesser-known figures, from writers David Mamet, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo to Brian Moore and Jayne Anne Phillips, from journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to acting teacher Stella Adler. The exhibition explains how archives come to the Ransom Center and how they contribute to our cultural history. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.

 

 MAY PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters

 

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 7 P.M.
JESSEN AUDITORIUM
PANEL As part of their "Postcards from America" tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture America. The photographers will also be hosting an “open house” at their R.V., which will be parked on the Ransom Center plaza from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 7 p.m. program will be WEBCAST LIVE.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 24, NOON
TOUR Explore family conflict in this thematic exhibition tour that highlights the work of such writers as Tennessee Williams, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo, as featured in the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2 P.M.
TOUR Explore family conflict in this thematic exhibition tour that highlights the work of such writers as Tennessee Williams, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo, as featured in the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2 P.M.
TOUR Explore family conflict in this thematic exhibition tour that highlights the work of such writers as Tennessee Williams, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo, as featured in the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Alfred and Blanche Knopf

“By Their Books Shall Ye Know Them”

The Ransom Center holds the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive, which includes books published under the Borzoi imprint and books from Alfred A. and Blanche Knopf’s personal library. LEARN MORE and view a slideshow about how a Borzoi book published by the house of Knopf resembles the personalities of its founders.

 

 
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IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) Annotated typescript of David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King.
News image:
Cover of The Pale King.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity for Becoming Tennessee Williams.
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Insider's Perspective image:
Undated photo of Alfred and Blanche Knopf on vacation.

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