Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819, and amid a panoply of planned festivities, his bicentennial has renewed popular interest in Whitman’s legacy. What has Whitman left us in our twenty-first century? Whatever he has bequeathed to us culturally, what’s certain is that 200 years after his birth, his textual legacy continues to grow.
James Machin is the author of the book Weird Fiction in Britain 1880-1939 (2018). Machin was a 2014-2015 fellow at the Ransom Center. While here, he spent time researching the Arthur Machen, M.P. Shiel, and John Buchan archives. Machin utilized those materials for his Ph.D thesis, and later book, on early weird fiction.
Nigel Newton is an American-born British publisher who was raised in San Francisco and moved to England to do his degree in English from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Newton is the founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent publishing companies. [Read more…] about An interview with Nigel Newton, Founder of Bloomsbury Publishing
“It has been said that loneliness is the great American malady. What is the nature of this loneliness? It would seem essentially to be a quest for identity.”—Carson McCullers’s essay “The Nature of Loneliness”
In August 2016, I joined the Ransom Center as a graduate student assistant from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information to digitize the Gabriel García Márquez papers. [Read more…] about Gabriel García Márquez’s life in 100 pictures
I have always loved to catalog presentation copies of books—those given as a gift from one person to another, usually with a signature or inscription. They represent a tiny piece of the people involved, and allow me to feel a connection to some of my favorite authors. Gabriel García Márquez’s library was no exception. [Read more…] about Gabriel García Márquez’s republic of letters