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Northeast Windows

From the Outside In: A Visitor's Guide to the Windows



Portrait of Edith Wharton, Kate Rogers Nowell, 1908

Pyramids at El-Geezeh, Francis Frith, ca. 1959

Doodle from Notebook II of Samuel Beckett's Watt, 1941

This playful doodle depicting a man in a hat in the south atrium of the Harry Ransom Center is from the second of seven Watt manuscript notebooks. The notebooks are remarkable artifacts that provide a window into a time of transition for the renowned writer Samuel Beckett.   Read more

Image courtesy of the Estate of Samuel Beckett.

Letter from Gutenberg Bible, ca. 1455

Typescript of Victory, Joseph Conrad, 1914

Woodcut of initial letter "N" from The Four Gospels, Eric Gill, 1931

Silhouette of Oliver Twist, Sir Francis Carruthers Gould, 1890s

Rooster device, Golden Cockerel Press, ca. 1923

Film still of Cary Grant in North by Northwest, 1959

Tom Stoppard, Martha Swope, 1983

Poster from Gone With The Wind, 1939

Illustration for Maya Angelou's poem "Our Grandmothers," John Biggers, 1994

Self-portrait, Edward Lear, ca. 1881

Film still from West Side Story, 1961

This image from West Side Story, contrasting dancers caught en point against a realistic New York street, was taken by photographer Jack Harris, who was brought in to capture the dance sequences during the making of the film. This 1961 film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which was itself based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The film is set in New York City in the mid-1950s, where two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, are fighting because of their different ethnic backgrounds. One night at a neighborhood dance, Tony, a former Jet, and Maria, the sister of the Shark leader, dance together and promptly fall in love. As a result, a deeper rift develops between the street gangs, and Maria and Tony must ultimately choose between their cultural connections and their love for one another.   Read more

Drawing, Edward Gorey, ca. 1948–52

Portrait of T. S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, 1949

Poster for Aida, Giuseppe Verdi, 1871

Costume design for Peter Pan, William Nicholson, 1904

Gloria Swanson, Edward Steichen, 1924

Manuscript score of "Gaudeamus Igitur," Franz Liszt, 1870

Charlie Parker LP, Dial Records, 1947

Title page of Igor Stravinsky's orchestration of Chopin's Grande valse brillante, 1909

Woodcut showing streetcar named "Desire," mid-20th century

Filmstrip of Fredric March and Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born, 1937

Filmstrip of Fredric March and Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born, 1937

Filmstrip of Fredric March and Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born, 1937

Typescript of A Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers, ca. 1946

Carson McCullers sets the scene for her stage adaptation of The Member of the Wedding in this text selection from her papers, held by the Harry Ransom Center. Here begins the story of a lonely twelve-year-old girl, Frankie Addams, who wants to find a place to belong—her "we of me"—by joining with her older brother and his bride. As you stand looking at this window, a portrait of McCullers herself can be seen not far away, in the glass surrounding the Ransom Center's northwest atrium.   Read more

Self-portrait, Erik Satie, 1918

Portrait of Georges Auric, Valentine Hugo, 1921

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield, Mark Luca, 20th century

Caricature of Arthur Wing Pinero, Max Beerbohm, 1906

Caricature of Arthur Wing Pinero, Max Beerbohm, 1906

Portrait of Charles Dickens, J. C. Armytage, ca. 1868

Publicity photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966

As Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Elizabeth Taylor was hateful, tragic, flirtatious, shrewd, and still beautiful enough to be considered a faded beauty. All of these qualities are apparent in this dramatic publicity photo—it is difficult to imagine many American actresses today who would allow themselves to be filmed in such a harsh and ungenerous light.   Read more

Scene conception for Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, 1939

Costume design for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Percy Anderson, 1900

Storyboard from Gone With The Wind, 1939