Harry Ransom Center Acquires Papers of T. C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle’s notes for "When the Killing’s Done." Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.

The Harry Ransom Center recently announced its acquisition of the papers of T. C. Boyle, the best-selling author of thirteen novels and numerous short stories that showcase his lush prose and often cynical humor. Austin residents have the opportunity to see the prolific writer next Monday, March 19, at BookPeople, where he will read from his latest novel, When the Killing’s Done. BookPeople recently shared this brief interview with Boyle about the novel.


Boyle writes with energy and imagination about a broad range of topics, from such American iconoclasts as Frank Lloyd Wright, health impresario John Harvey Kellogg, and sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, to issues related to environmentalism and class struggles. His works have been widely acclaimed by critics and readers alike.


Boyle’s archive, which is now housed at the Ransom Center, covers the breadth of his career, spanning more than 30 years and illuminating the creative development of his works through research materials and notes, manuscript drafts, proofs, correspondence, publishing files, and teaching materials.


Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley noted, “T. C. Boyle is one of the most significant and respected authors writing today, and his archive will be a tremendous resource for the scholars who will study his work and career for generations to come. Boyle saved and organized all of his papers. Few archives so clearly capture the working life and imagination of an author.”


The papers will be accessible for research at the Ransom Center once they have been cataloged.


Boyle has a reputation for giving great live readings, so you won’t want to miss his performance at BookPeople on March 19. With his archive safely ensconced at the Ransom Center, Boyle can now call Austin home.