The Harry Ransom Center community mourns the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Michael Ramos, and the countless other victims of police violence and institutional racism. We condemn in the strongest terms the police brutality and racial injustice directed toward people of color, and affirm that Black Lives Matter. [Read more…] about The most meaningful statements are actions
Q&A with Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje began his career as a poet but is best known as the author of the 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient, which was made into a critically-acclaimed motion picture. He was born in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in 1943; he moved to Canada at age 18. [Read more…] about A nomad’s writing finds a home
Stephen Enniss, Director of the Harry Ransom Center, shared his thoughts about the proposed elmination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in an opinion editorial in the Austin American-Statesman. Below is the piece that ran on March 10.
As Kazuo Ishiguro was preparing his archive for transfer to the Harry Ransom Center, he spent weeks sifting through the papers, making notes about the manuscripts and other documents he found in it. [Read more…] about Taking note of the Kazuo Ishiguro archive
Ransom Center Director Steve Enniss elaborates on the honor of housing Gabriel García Márquez’s archive and how he envisions it reaching far beyond Austin.
Fighting back against the loss of memory Aureliano Buendía in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude takes up a brush and paints on the objects and creatures of his town their proper names, as if participating in a creation story. [Read more…] about Like a character in one of his own novels, Gabriel García Márquez has entered a place outside of time
El director del Ransom Center, Steve Enniss, habla sobre el honor de preservar el archivo de Gabriel García Márquez y cómo visualiza que se extenderá mucho más lejos de Austin.
Durante su lucha en contra de la pérdida de memoria, en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez Cien Años de Soledad, Aureliano Buendía toma un pincel y pinta el nombre propio de los objetos y criaturas de su pueblo, como si participara en la creación de una historia.