Ransom Center Expands

UT's Harry Ransom Center snags archive from Nobel Prize-winning writer

UT's Harry Ransom Center snags archive from Nobel Prize-winning writer

Gabriel García Márquez
"Gabo" at work.  Photo courtesy of Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has snagged another major collection from one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist, journalist and writer, penned such modern classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

Nicknamed "Gabo" by his fans, García Márquez was a beloved figure in Latin America. He started out as a journalist in Bogotá and Cartagena in the 1940s and eventually landed in Mexico City, where he began his storied career as a novelist. 

Among the pieces the Ransom Center will acquire are the original manuscripts for 10 books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. The collection will also include more than 2,000 letters from literary stalwarts like Graham Greene, drafts of García Márquez's 1982 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, scrapbooks, photographs and the Smith Corona typewriter he used to craft his novels.

"García Márquez is a giant of 20th century literature whose work brims with originality and wisdom," said UT president Bill Powers in a statement. "The University of Texas at Austin — with expertise in both Latin America and the preservation and study of the writing process — is the natural home for this very important collection.

"Our students, our faculty and the state of Texas will benefit from it for years to come."

The Ransom Center is also home to the collections of such writers as Samuel Beckett, J. M. Coetzee, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Doris Lessing, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Steinbeck and W.B. Yeats.