Two new exhibitions, Literature and Sport and Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive open today at the Ransom Center.
Sport holds a sacred place in Western culture and literature. Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Norman Mailer, … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
What’s the result of 565 minutes of interview recordings with 12 people, 480 minutes of b-roll footage, and nine separate music tracks? The answer is a ten-minute video that provides a broad overview of the Ransom Center’s collections, scholarship, conservation, … Read the rest
“All these books are worse than opium… I would rather have a child of mine use opium than read these books.”
—Senator Reed Smoot, Congressional Record, March 17, 1930
Learn which books were “worse than opium” in the Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition “Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored.” Focusing on the interwar years, the exhibition reveals the rarely-seen “machinery” of American censorship from 1918 to 1941. Writers, reformers, agents, attorneys, and publishers battled publicly over obscenity and freedom of expression. “Ulysses,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” and “The Grapes of Wrath” came under fire from would-be censors alongside classics like “The Decameron” and “The Canterbury Tales.”