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Archives of Literary Giant García Márquez to Live On in Austin

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Harry Ransom Center
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Documents belonging to Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez have been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center on the UT-Austin campus.";

Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez died earlier this year, but documents belonging to the literary giant will soon live on at the Harry Ransom Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The materials include literary works with hand written corrections, a number of his computers, more than 2,000 pieces of correspondence and even the manuscript of his final unpublished novel.

Steve Ennis, the Ransom Center’s director, says he's been receiving calls about the acquisition all day.

"I have been struck by many of the people who have contacted us just how much love there is in their reaction to García Márquez," Ennis says.

Ennis says researchers from around the world can come and learn from the collection once it’s processed and catalogued.

"Quite simply the archive is a unique resource and irreplaceable," he adds. " There will be no other. It's truly one of a kind."

García Márquez was still alive when a representative of his family approached the Ransom Center at the end of 2013.

Next fall a symposium at the center will celebrate his life and work and is planning future exhibits involving the acquired materials.

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