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Stephen Enniss, Director

Austin, TX


Dr. Stephen Enniss is Director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Following his 2013 appointment, he led the development of the institution's five-year strategic plan and building master plan in preparation for the next twenty years of collection and program growth. Major acquisitions during his tenure have included the archives of novelists Ian McEwan, Michael Ondaatje, and Nobel Laureates Kazuo Ishiguro and Gabriel García Márquez. Before coming to the Ransom Center, he held previous appointments at the Folger Shakespeare Library and at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. His research interests are in twentieth century poetry, and he has written on Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Seamus Heaney, among other figures. He co-curated the award-winning exhibition "No Other Appetite": Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry. He is past recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship from the University of London, and he is the author of After the Titanic: A Life of Derek Mahon (Gill and Macmillan, 2014). He is currently at work on a collective biography of the Belfast Group poets.

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