Driving along Route 66 in 1962, Ed Ruscha pulled over at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post just outside Joseph City, Arizona. [Read more…] about Traces of the Artist in the Exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance
As a native Texan, Aaron Latham knows a thing or two about swagger. [Read more…] about Big swagger, little song
A young Shakespeare scholar inspired by the Ransom Center wants to spark others’ sense of wonder.
by Kate O’Toole
It was through a friend in London, Professor Eva Griffith, that I first received unimpeachable bona fides for the Harry Ransom Center. Some years ago, Eva had received a fellowship from the Ransom Center to do research relating to the seventeenth-century playwright James Shirley. [Read more…] about A family affair
“Dear Miss Crawford,” writes D. H. Lawrence in a letter dated December 23, 1909, “I hope my verses won’t offend you. I know they are poor enough. But do you like my little card?” The “little card,” sent to Grace Crawford and today part of the D. H. Lawrence collection at the Ransom Center, is a small, handmade Christmas greeting card, its front and back covers decorated with watercolors by Lawrence. On the front, four bees surround a stock of delicately drooping bluebells; one bee has attached itself to a flower. On the back, Lawrence has finely rendered a mayfly, with elegantly arranged wings and legs. [Read more…] about Season’s greetings in the Ransom Center’s collections
Alan Gribben has spent almost 50 years hunting down Mark Twain’s formidable personal library, which housed more than 3,000 titles. In the first volume of his findings, Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading (NewSouth Books, 2019), Gribben presents the discoveries of his life’s work, uncovering Twain’s favorite books as well as his “Library of Literary Hogwash.” Gribben then takes a fresh look at Twain’s writing with an eye towards the influences of the author’s personal reading. [Read more…] about A Twain treasure hunt