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Austin American-Statesman

"Ransom Center chronicles an age of censorship"
October 23, 2011

Austin American-Statesman writer Jane Sumner features the Ransom Center's exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored: "Book burnings have been around since the ancient Library of Alexandria went up in smoke. But how many people know that between 1918 and 1941, hundreds of thousands of books were Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored right here in the United States of America?" Sumner's commentary highlights what visitors will discover at the exhibition, from stories behind the major actors in the bout for and against censorship in the United States, to print and radio excerpts of banned or censored materials. Sumner also comments on the Ransom Center's other concurrent exhibition, The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia.

Chronicle of Higher Education

"Nicholas Ray, Auteur"
October 21, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education writer Jean Tamarin reports on the Ransom Center's acquisition of notable film director Nicholas Ray: "The Ransom Center has acquired 35 years' worth of Ray's annotated scripts, video recordings, storyboards, photographs, journals, and notes, which give a firsthand account of his methods and ideas." The article features a brief sketch of Nicholas Ray's work, best known for his 1950's movies Johnny Guitar (1954) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955), comments on his personal and professional lives, and quotes excerpts of Ray's notes from that period found in the Ransom Center's archive.

Mail & Guardian Online

"Texan university holds JM Coetzee's past to Ransom"
October 10, 2011

The Associated Press reported on the Ransom Center's acquisition of Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. Coetzee's archive: "The collection, purchased using private grants and university money, includes 155 boxes of manuscripts, notebooks, essays, speeches and letters to his publishers dating back to 1956...The collection will give scholars an intimate view of how he developed characters and story lines in his novels as well as conversations with agents and publishers." The article focuses on Coetzee's literary achievements, his connection to The University of Texas at Austin, and his collection as a noteworthy addition to the growing body of Nobel laureates represented in the Ransom Center's archive.

Times Literary Supplement

"Utopian turtletop"
September 30, 2011

James Campbell, a writer for Times Literary Supplement, including information about the Ransom Center's Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored exhibition in his column, noting "A new exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center, Texas, reveals 'the rarely seen machinery of censorship in the United States' between the wars."

The New York Times

"Commentary Archive to University of Texas"
September 20, 2011

New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen writes about the Ransom Center's recent acquisition of Commentary magazine's archive: "The archive, which spans 1945 to 1995, includes letters by and to Bernard Malamud, Norman Mailer, Amos Oz, Elie Wiesel and Isaac Bashevis Singer, as well as the revisions of essays written for the magazine by George Orwell, Pearl S. Buck and Jean-Paul Sartre." The article highlights the significance of this acquisition as a notable addition to the Ransom Center's growing collection of materials from Jewish-American authors.

Fine Books Magazine

"Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored"
September 6, 2011

Fine Books Magazine highlights the Ransom Center's unique approach to censorship in the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. The article quotes Danielle Sigler, the Assistant Director and Curator for Academic Programs, "Traditionally, censorship exhibitions start with John Milton's 'Areopagitica' and then provide a list of banned books...This exhibition focuses on how censorship happens in one country, during a particular era."

Harper's Magazine

"Harper's Contributors at the Ransom Center"
September 5, 2011

Harper's Magazine highlights the contributions of their own writers to the Ransom Center's exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925 noting that, "All of the Harper's writers represented on the door...have superbly literary names."

The Wall Street Journal

"On Their Permanent Records"
September 3-4, 2011

The Wall Street Journal features several report cards in this article from the Ransom Center's permanent collection as a tribute to the beginning of the school year. The article claims that the report cards of the notable writers and artists featured "offer a peek into these young minds and, in some cases, might offer a bit of solace to struggling students."

The New York Times

"A Portal to 1920s Greenwich Village"
September 1, 2011

The New York Times highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925, discussing the door's acquisition, rediscovery, and current display. The article explains the significance of the door and the New York writers and artists of the time, and says that the door, "[brings] back to life a corner of literary history where famous novelists rubbed shoulders with an eccentric cast of characters of the sort unlikely to be found stumbling around the highly gentrified Village of today"

Los Angeles Times

"Harry Ransom Center Acquires Nicholas Ray Archives"
July 28, 2011

Los Angeles Times writer Susan King covers the Ransom Center's acquisition of the archives of director Nicholas Ray. King explains the significance of Nicholas Ray's life and work as well as the significance of the acquisition for The Center.

Seattle Pi

"Iconic Gone With the Wind Dress Faded Forever"
July 21, 2011

The Seattle Pi explores the restoration work of the iconic dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the movie Gone With the Wind. The article describes the Ransom Center's efforts to, "keep the dresses sturdy enough to endure in as close to their original form as possible, not to try to recreate their precise look on the silver screen."

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"U. of Texas Snags Archive of 'Cyberpunk' Literary Pioneer Bruce Sterling"
March 18, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Jennifer Howard writes about Austin native Bruce Sterling donating his archive to the Ransom Center. Howard interviews Sterling about the cyberpunk movement and about the archive materials, including manuscripts of Sterling's fiction. The article quotes Richard W. Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian at the Ransom Center, that the cyberpunk movement "was really almost born in Austin, so it's good that the stuff is coming here."

The Independent

"The Problem with Tennessee: Too hot and Too cool"
March 13, 2011

The Independent highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, discussing the conflicts over censorship between the American playwright and the Lord Chamberlain. The article quotes Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions and Fleur Cowles Executive Curator at the Ransom Center, "He [Williams] minded that his scripts were altered, but he did understand that he was pushing the envelope, and that sometimes compromises would have to be made."

Southern Living

"The South's Best Literary Archives"
March 2011

A recent article in Southern Living magazine profiles the best literary archives in the South, citing the Ransom Center's "strong modern fiction collection." Chip Brantley highlights the Center's David Forster Wallace archive and an extensive collection of Edgar Allen Poe manuscripts and letters, which are available online through the Center's digital collection.


"The Meaning of the Twentieth-Century Press Archive"
Spring 2011

Aperture reports on the significance of archives housing press photos in our current digital age. The article discusses the Ransom Center's housing of the Magnum Photos collection, acquired by MSD Capital L.P. early last year. The article quotes the New York Times calling the archive a "collective photobank of modern culture."


"Tennessee Williams is Back for His Encore"
February 27, 2011

Newsweek highlights the Becoming Tennessee Williams exhibition at the Ransom Center, saying, "In an expansive new exhibit about his life and work at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, visitors can trace his fights with the censors who wanted to conceal the homosexuality of Blanche's husband in Streetcar, among other battles."

The New York Times

"Man (In This Case, Picasso) Paints a Dog"
January 26, 2011

Arts Beat blogger David Itzkoff writes about a plate painted by Pablo Picasso that was donated to the Ransom Center by photojournalist David Douglas Duncan. The plate, dedicated to Duncan's dog, Lump, depicts a portrait of the dachshund. Visitors can see the plate in the Ransom Center's exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

The Wall Street Journal

"Take Monday Off: Austin"
January 22, 2011

The Wall Street Journal includes the Ransom Center on its list of places to visit in Austin. Kate Bolick writes that the Center is "one of the best literary archives in the world, with 36 million leaves of manuscripts and one million rare books. Peek at the original Gutenberg Bible, set beneath glass in a wood-slatted enclosure."

Chronicle of Higher Education

"The Afterlife of David Foster Wallace"
January 6, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education explores scholarly interest in David Foster Wallace archives, especially among young researchers. Molly Schwartzburg, Cline Curator of Literature at the Ransom Center, says "He's been so influential on younger readers that we're really going to see the next generation of scholars come in to use our collections, starting with Wallace."

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