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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. Before his appointment in 2013 he held the post of Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the management of the world's largest Shakespeare collection and the largest early modern English collection in North America. Enniss did his undergraduate studies at Davidson College, followed by a library degree from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. He previously served as Director of Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where he was responsible for many major acquisitions, among them the archive of the late Poet Laureate of Britain Ted Hughes, the papers of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, and the archive of Salman Rushdie. Enniss was the principal negotiator of the gift of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a 75,000-volume English language poetry library believed to be among the largest ever assembled by a single collector. In 2002–2003 he held a Leverhulme Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. In 2005 he co-curated the Grolier Club exhibition "No Other Appetite": Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry. He is the recent author of a critical biography of contemporary Irish poet Derek Mahon.

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