Harry Ransom Center

Gabriel García Márquez

The Making of a Global Writer

February 1, 2020 – July 19, 2020

In 1965, Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian writer living in Mexico City and mostly unknown beyond Mexican and Colombian literary circles. For almost two decades he struggled to become a full-time fiction writer. In 1967, the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude and its ensuing international success transformed its author into one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

Drawing primarily on the García Márquez Collection at the Ransom Center, the exhibition, comprising approximately 150 items including numerous documents never seen in public before, will explain to visitors how García Márquez became a literary star and a classic writer. Throughout his life, García Márquez repeatedly thanked his family and friends for their support. Woven throughout the exhibition, correspondence, photos, and videos, will illustrate how García Márquez's professional circle supported his literary career.

This exhibition is being organized by Álvaro Santana-Acuña, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Whitman College.

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez's typescript of Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude], 1966, Gabriel García Márquez Papers


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