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Summer 2002 Newsletter

Ransom Center Scrapbook


Ferdinand Mount. Photo by Pete Smith.


New University of Texas Board of Regents
members, Robert Estrada of Dallas and Judith L.
Craven, M.D. of Houston, visited with Director
Tom Staley and toured the Center in April.
Photo by Pete Smith.


Lee Blessing, photo by Susan Johnson,
Signature Season, New York City, 1992.


Keepsake booklet for Aunt Dicy Tales: John
Biggers' Drawings for the Folktale


In addition to the vast collection of materials received by the Ransom Center over the last few months, the Center also received supplements to the Lee Blessing archive, including the manuscript to Thief River, which earned him a 2001-2002 Drama Desk nomination in the Outstanding Play category. The Drama Desk Awards, which recognize achievement in the New York theatre, took place on May 19, at The Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.

And congratulations to Ron Sukenick who won this year's American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Fiction for his new novel Cows.


The Ransom Center donated twenty exhibition keepsake booklets, Aunt Dicy Tales: John Biggers' Drawings for the Folktale, to the Austin Independent School District for their Black History student recognition program last February.

Ferdinand Mount

Ferdinand Mount, writer and editor of the Times Literary Supplement, delivered a talk to British Studies co-sponsored by the Ransom Center titled "British Culture Since the Eighteenth Century: An Open Society" last December. He had a chance to talk with Austin American-Statesman Arts Editor Michael Barnes who quoted him in the unprecedented series in the Statesman that ran on the Ransom Center in February. He said the following about our reconstruction project: "You've done it right in Austin. Accumulate the treasure first, then unveil it to the public." Austin American-Statesman, February 17, 2002. Photo by Pete Smith.

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