News Release — February 15, 2002
Playwright Arnold Wesker Returns
to the Ransom Center
The Ransom Center, in collaboration with The University of Texas School of Law, is honored to welcome the return of British dramatist Arnold Wesker. Mr. Wesker has been outspoken on the subject of authors' rights and will be taking part in a week-long symposium at the School of Law titled "From Text to Performance: Law and Other Performing Arts." The playwright, whose archives were acquired by the Ransom Center in 1999, will present a public reading of his work in the fourth floor auditorium of the Ransom Center on March 5 at 3:00 p.m.
One of the leading figures in twentieth century drama, Wesker is the author of thirty-six plays including Roots and Chicken Soup with Barley, as well as four volumes of short stories, two volumes of essays, a children's book, extensive journalism, and poetry. Born in the East End of London in 1932 to a Russian father and Hungarian mother, Wesker explores an important and often neglected aspect of British life in his writing—the Jewish working-class experience.
For complete information regarding "From Text to Performance: Law and Other Performing Arts," visit the Web site. For more information on Arnold Wesker's reading at the Ransom Center call 512.471.8944.
Considered one of the worlds finest cultural archives, the Ransom Center houses 30 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and over 100,000 works of art. Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1450), the worlds first photograph (c. 1826), important paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and major manuscript collections of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Tennessee Williams to name but a few. The Center is used extensively for research by scholars from around the world and presents numerous exhibitions and events each year showcasing its collections. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.