The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center purchased Gabriel García Márquez’s archive for about $2 million two years ago, and, as of this week, has digitized and uploaded about half of the collection. It’s available for free online here.
Considering Márquez’s work remains under copyright protection, this decision is slightly unusual. The university’s library is famously deep-pocketed, as they have also purchased the archives of British novelist Ian McEwan and Nobel prize winners J.M. Coetzee and Kazuo Ishiguro.
The university has said that it plans to make all 27,000 pages of Márquez’s manuscripts, photographs, letters and scrapbooks available online in both English and Spanish.
Steve Enniss, director of the Harry Ransom Center, told The New York Times, “Often estates take a restrictive view of their intellectual property, believing scholarly use threatens or diminishes commercial interests. We are grateful to Gabo’s family for unlocking his archive and recognizing this work as another form of service to his readers everywhere.”
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Márquez, who has been described as the “greatest Colombian who ever lived,” by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, is best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
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