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Persian Journal

The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West
December 23, 2008

The Persian Journal highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West, which explores how a translation of a Persian poem went from obscurity to celebrity in British and American culture.

The Paris Review

Winter 2008

The Austin Chronicle

"A Cabinet of Drawings"
December 18, 2008

Chronicle writer Wayne Allen Brenner discusses the wonder at seeing the power of the original in the Ransom Center exhibition A Cabinet of Drawings. The exhibition contains initial studies and sketches for larger works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Norman Bel Geddes, Man Ray, and Jean Cocteau. These original preliminary pieces show nuances and shifts that a reproduction could never reproduce, and Brenner calls the cumulative effect "stunning."

International Herald Tribune

"School acquires Ezra Pound materials"
November 15, 2008


"A Cabinet of Drawings"
September 4, 2008

The website artdaily.org highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition A Cabinet of Drawings. The exhibition, which explores drawing as an art form, features 180 items from the Ransom Center's diverse collections and includes preliminary drawings, designs, book illustrations, illustrated letters, landscapes, and portraiture by internationally recognized artists, architects, designers, scientists, and literary greats.

ABC Radio National

"Documenting Writers' Lives: What Should Be in Their Archives?"
June 6, 2008

Ransom Center Curator of British and American Literature Molly Schwartzburg speaks on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National program "The Book Show." Schwartzburg discusses archives on a panel with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham and biographer David Marr. The panel explores what makes an archive interesting and useful for scholars and discusses whether institutions should draw a line as to what is appropriate to preserve in an archive.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Beat writer's manuscript goes on...and on...at UT exhibit"
April 4, 2008

R.A. Dyer's article considers Jack Kerouac's scroll manuscript of On the Road as an "anchor" for the On the Road with the Beats exhibition. After describing it in detail, the article retells the story of how Kerouac wrote On the Road. It also explains how the scroll eventually found its way to the Harry Ransom Center as a highlight of the Beats exhibition.

The Associated Press

"Pre-'60 Minutes' Mike Wallace goes online"
April 3, 2008

Associate Press Television Reporter Frazier Moore highlights the absence of "muss or fuss" required to access the "treasury" of online postings of footage from the Ransom Center's holdings of The Mike Wallace Interview. The article cites the historical importance of the interview subjects, and the pertinence of their discussions to our modern world.

The Austin Chronicle

"Jess: To and From the Printed Page"
March 28, 2008

Reporter Rachel Cook explains the ways in which the exhibitions Jess: To and From the Printed Page and On the Road with the Beats are engaged in a dialogue concerning "how the written word sparked a cultural revolution." Cook reflects on the ways the art of Burgess "Jess" Collins depicts the historical and cultural context of his world. She also notes how this exhibition provides a stage for that presentation.

London Sunday Times

"Norman Mailer's honey-toned flirt with Madonna"
January 6, 2008

Washington Post

"Norman Mailer Archive Opens in Texas"
January 3, 2008

The Associated Press reports on the opening of the Norman Mailer archive, the largest collection of a single writer at the Ransom Center. Filling more than 1,000 boxes, the Mailer materials range from more than 40,000 pieces of correspondence to unpublished works.

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