University of Texas acquires personal archive of Garcia Marquez

Austin, Texas, Nov 24 (EFE).- The University of Texas in Austin has acquired the personal archive of the late Nobel laureate in Literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which contains stacks of the writer's manuscripts, notes, photos and correspondence, the daily The New York Times reported Monday.

The archive of Marquez, who died last April 17 in Mexico City, will now form part of the collection at UT's Harry Ransom Center, together with former possessions of Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and other literary eminences.

"It's almost as if James Joyce meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez," Steve Enniss, director of the Harry Ransom Center, told The New York Times.

"It's very fitting that Garcia Marquez is joining our collections. It's hard to think of a novelist who has had as wide-ranging an impact," he said.

Enniss also noted that this institution is the only one with such a literary archive "in the country's borderlands with Latin America."

The archive, which was purchased from the writer's family, contains material related to all his important works, including the final manuscript of the most famous one, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" published in 1967, and a copy of the unfinished novel with the working title "We'll See Each Other in August," a part of which was published in The New Yorker and in Spain's La Vanguardia.

The files also include close to 2,000 letters that the Colombian author exchanged with writers Graham Greene, Milan Kundera, Julio Cortazar, Gunter Grass and Carlos Fuentes, as well as close to 40 photo albums and material related to his political activities and his close friendship with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The purchase price of the archive has not been announced.