“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a hoot.” Just doesn’t have the same ring as the original “Gone With The Wind” line, does it? David O. Selznick went toe-to-toe with censors to keep the word “damn” in the film for Rhett Butler’s famous last words. Give us your best line in the comments below or on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr using the hashtag #franklymydear.
The Billy Collins archive, which was acquired by the Ransom Center earlier this year, includes notebooks with drafts of his poem “The Names.” The poem was written after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and was read at a special joint session of Congress on Sept. 6, 2002, to commemorate the victims.
Join us this evening for our first fall event! Ian McEwan will be reading from his new novel, “The Children Act,” at 7 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium. Arrive early! The Ransom Center acquired McEwan’s archive this year. Two cases of materials are on display in the lobby through September 25. #HarryRansomCenter (at Harry Ransom Center)
Even before filming began, producer David O. Selznick received a flood of mail about how “Gone With The Wind” should be made. Browse a cache of letters from fans and detractors of the film, as they share feedback from a preview screening, lobby for parts, share concerns about how the South and African Americans would be portrayed, and more.
“I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” -Samuel Beckett
Did you know the Ransom Center website features several web exhibitions, including “Fathoms from Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition”? #windowswednesday (at Harry Ransom Center)
Can’t make it to the galleries for the exhibition “The Making of Gone With The Wind”? Want to delve deeper into the making of the film? Explore the new web exhibition “Producing Gone With The Wind,” which examines the development of the film, from the purchase of the rights to Margaret Mitchell’s novel to the casting of Scarlett O’Hara to costumes and make-up.
Arguably it’s the best-known painting that can call Austin home. Certainly it’s the most well-traveled — and the only painting in town with its own interactive map to document its world travels.
Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” has returned and is back on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby. TheAustin American-Statesmannotes that it’s “the only painting in town with its own interactive map to document its world travels.”Fri
Acclaimed writer Ian McEwan reads from his new novel, “The Children Act” next Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Read a Q&A with McEwan as he discusses his archive, the sciences and humanities, and his favorite place to hike.