Peek into the real work behind magic realism.
The Ransom Center at the
Garcia Marquez, who was born in Columbia and lived for many years in Mexico, was awarded the 1982
The Ransom Center is the preeminent holder of literary archives of the 20th century. Its collection includes archives of James Joyce, Don Delillo,
The Ransom Center augments its personal archives with additional acquisitions. For its Garcia Marquez collection, it has acquired correspondence between the author and Colombian writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza -- 48 letters -- plus handwritten notes on personalized notecards, typed letters and a copy of "El general en su laberinto" ("The General in His Labyrinth") that includes additional notes in Garcia Marquez's hand.
"Archives are very organic things that evolve and grow," Ransom Center director Stephen Enniss said in a statement. "Implicit in that is a responsibility to continue to add successive material that complements and extends the archive. The opening of the García Márquez archive on the UT Austin campus is not the end of the story; it's just the beginning."