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Q & A with scholar Jonathan Bate

By Isabel Dunn

Ted Hughes’s will stipulates that there be no official biography of his life. Scholar Jonathan Bate worked with the Hughes’s estate for four years to create an account of a “literary life.” The result is Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life (Harper, October 2015). When the estate suddenly revoked its permission to quote freely from the archives, Bate challenged himself to find a way to continue his project. Read more

Shop for merchandise inspired by Frank Reaugh exhibition

By Christine Lee

 “Frank Reaugh was the most improbable of artists, a European-trained Impressionist whose entire oeuvre was devoted to Longhorn cattle and the West Texas landscape.” –Ron Tyler, “Foreword”


Enjoy a deeper look into Reaugh’s work with Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh, the companion publication edited by Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter F. Mears. This hard-back publication features in-depth essays from four contributors and more than 100 images that exemplify Frank Reaugh’s life’s work. Read more

Como un personaje de una de sus novelas, Gabriel García Márquez ha llegado a un lugar sin tiempo

By Stephen Enniss

El director del Ransom Center, Steve Enniss, habla sobre el honor de preservar el archivo de Gabriel García Márquez y cómo visualiza que se extenderá mucho más lejos de Austin.

Durante su lucha en contra de la pérdida de memoria, en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez Cien Años de Soledad, Aureliano Buendía toma un pincel y pinta el nombre propio de los objetos y criaturas de su pueblo, como si participara en la creación de una historia. Read more

Anne Frank and the archive

By Eric Colleary

It has been over 60 years since The Diary of Anne Frank was first published in the United States. Frequently listed among the most significant books of the twentieth century, the classic account of the 13-year-old girl who hid from the Nazis with her family in an attic in Amsterdam has long been an international bestseller. Many came to know the story in Read more

Commitment to collecting

By Harry Ransom Center

Going back to the origins of research libraries, there is a long history of scholars building collections to suit personal interests, constructing around themselves an athenaeum of books that supported their individual research goals. And when that scholar moved on—to another job or another world—the collection sometimes withered, without a champion to continue telling its story. Read more

Frank Reaugh: In retrospect

By Charley Binkow

From August 4 through November 29, the Harry Ransom Center hosts the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. It showcases more than 100 artworks by renowned artist Frank Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”) drawn from the Ransom Center’s own collection as well as public and private collections from around the state. The companion book Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh, edited by Curator of Art Peter F. Mears, complements the exhibition, and published by the Ransom Center and UT Press. Excerpted below is the foreward to the book, “Frank Reaugh in Retrospect,” written by Ron Tyler. In it, Tyler reflects on Reaugh’s life and the context of Reaugh’s distinguished career. Read more