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2009


National Endowment for the Arts

"Roadshow and Tell"
November 2, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) featured the Ransom Center's efforts to encourage the Austin community to read Edgar Allen Poe's works during the NEA's "The Big Read" campaign.


The New York Times

"Texas Two-Step"
September 27, 2009

Austin based novelist Jim Lewis writes about the cultural growth of Austin since the mid-80's. Then, Austin was solely a place for the music monoculture, but now Austin has evolved into a place for cuisine, shopping and culture. Lewis writes that Austin cultural life is growing, "beginning with the grand reopening of the renovated Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the country's greatest literary archive outside the Library of Congress


Media Bistro

"Edgar Allan Parody"
September 1, 2009

Media Bistro's GalleyCat blog touted the Ransom Center's Poe parody contest in anticipation of the Ransom Center's exhibition, From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.


Spirit Magazine

July 2009

The Southwest Airlines inflight magazine Spirit highlights the exhibition From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in its events calendar.


New York Times Style Magazine: T Magazine Blog

"In Focus: Fritz Henle"
June 26, 2009

T Magazine's senior photography editor Judith Puckett-Rinella highlights the Ransom Center's Fritz Henle exhibition, In Search of Beauty: "Henle once said, 'One thing an artist can do in this world is to remind people that there is so much beauty that you only have to see it.' Fitting words for someone whose work captures such a wonderful sense of optimism."


Museum

"Tales From the Crypt"
May/June 2009

The exhibition From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe is highlighted in the American Association of Museums Publication Museum.


Dagens Nyheter

"Legendernas arkiv lever"
May 16, 2009


BBC Radio

"The Manuscript Hunter"
May 13, 2009

BBC Radio 4 profiled Harry Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley in "The Manuscript Hunter." The piece includes interviews with Staley; University of Texas at Austin President William Powers; British writer Jim Crace, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center; and former British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. The piece investigates how Staley has "revolutionized the market for the papers of contemporary British writers" and has helped make the Ransom Center into a "remarkable cultural force."


CNN

"De Niro on display"
April 30, 2009

Helen Adair, Ransom Center Associate Curator of Performing Arts, talks about the processing of De Niro's archive at the Ransom Center. Adair says "it took more than two years to do this project. There are more than 300 boxes of his papers and there are well over 1000 boxes of his costumes and props."


New York Times: ArtsBeat Blog

"Warning: Do Not Accept Cab Rides From This Man"
April 27, 2009

New York Times entertainment reporter Dave Itzkoff highlights the Ransom Center's Robert De Niro archive in the Times' ArtsBeat blog.


Investor's Business Daily

"He Had Designs On The Future"
April 8, 2009

The Ransom Center holds the collection of industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. Read about his contributions, ranging from cocktail shakers to highways.


The Alcalde

"Oh, the Humanities"
March/April 2009

Alcalde writer Tim Taliaferro profiles Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley and delves into how Staley has shaped the Ransom Center over the past two decades and carried out Harry Huntt Ransom's vision of creating a Bibliothèque Nationale in Texas.


Western Interiors

"Points West"
February/March 2009

The Ransom Center's exhibition Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty is highlighted with a back page spread of Henle's Freedom: Yucca Plant, New Mexico, ca. 1943.


U.S. Department of State

"Translation of medieval Persian poetry becomes famous book in West"
February 23, 2009

The U.S. Department of State published information about The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West exhibition in English, Persian, and Arabic.


News 8 Austin

"Harry Ransom Center tells a Persian poem's history"
February 23, 2009

News 8's Veronica Castelo profiles the Ransom Center's exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West. An interview with Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center's Curator of British and American Literature and co-curator of the exhibition, reveals how this poem exploded in popularity in the late nineteenth century.


Harper's Bazaar

"Hot List"
February 2009


Associated Press

"Exhibit marks 200th anniversary of Poe's birth"
January 19, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe's enduring literary works, brief life and mysterious death will be marked by an exhibit at two universities in honor of the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth. From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe, opening March 7 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville then moving to the Harry Ransom Center, will feature manuscripts of "The Raven" and other works, books, letters and his writing desk. It will also explore Poe's romantic relationships, the decline and resurrection of his literary reputation, and his influence on the genre of mystery literature.


Fox News

"Mysterious 'Poe Toaster' Returns for Writer's 200th Birthday"
January 19, 2009

To mark the 200th anniversary of writer Edgar Allan Poe's birth, a mysterious visitor again placed three red roses and a half-filled bottle of cognac at Poe's grave in Baltimore before quietly slipping away. Poe's enduring literary works, brief life and mysterious death will be marked by an exhibit at two universities in honor of his 200th birthday. From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe opens March 7 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville then moving to the Harry Ransom Center.


Tehran Times

The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West
January 15, 2009

The Tehran Times conducts an interview with Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center's Curator of British and American Literature, about the exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West.


Payvand's Iran News

The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West
January 15, 2009

Payvand's Iran News highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West, which explores how a translation of a Persian poem went from obscurity to celebrity in British and American culture.


MehrNews.com

The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West
January 14, 2009

A reprint of the interview conducted by The Tehran Times with Molly Schwartzburg, the Ransom Center's Curator of British and American Literature, about the exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West.


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