In the late 1940s while teaching at Wellesley College, scholar Douglass Paige began a correspondence with one of the most infamous poets of the day. The poet, Ezra Pound, was incarcerated in St. Elizabeths Hospital after being accused of treason. Paige visited Pound in the hospital in 1947, and together the two decided to publish a volume of Pound's correspondence, hoping the book might help restore Pound's reputation. Over the next two years, Paige sorted through hundreds of responses to his calls for letters from Pound's friends and associates. In 1950, The Letters of Ezra Pound: 1907–1941, edited by D. D. Paige, was published.
The Ransom Center recently acquired Paige's working files related to the book, including manuscripts and letters by Pound together with letters to Paige from Dorothy Pound, Olga Rudge, Wyndham Lewis, and Omar Pound, who were closely involved in the project. In one such letter, Lewis advises Paige, "The more 'Waal me deah Wyndhams' you have the better. Change this to 'Well my dear Wyndham,' and it is somebody else speaking." Also included are letters from Nora Joyce, Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, and Langston Hughes, among others, and additional notes, transcripts of conversations with Pound, and other materials. This collection deepens the Ransom Center's extensive holdings of Ezra Pound materials.
Other recent acquisitions include:
- The archive of writer T. C. Boyle
- The archive of Thomas Smith, visual effect producer for such films as Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. The collection includes special effects storyboards, screenplay drafts, scripts, pre-production research, and production materials
- A small collection of workshop manuscripts by David Foster Wallace from his time in the creative writing program at The University of Arizona
- An addition to the papers of playwright and actor Sam Shepard, including a collection of his journals and several manuscripts