AUTHOR’S PAPERS AT RANSOM CENTER
The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the papers of Denis Johnson, author of “Jesus’ Son” (1992) and “Tree of Smoke” (2007). The latter won the National Book Award in 2007. The former, a series of interconnected stories, is sometimes taught to creative writing undergrads as a Platonic ideal of the form. Johnson, born in 1949, published three volumes of poetry before his first novel, “Angels,” in 1983. “Jesus’ Son” was adapted into a film starring Billy Crudup in 1999. His most recent novel is “Nobody Move” (2009). Johnson held the Mitte Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University for the 2006-07 school year.
The collection includes manuscripts, typescripts, research materials, journals, correspondence, family photos and juvenilia, and other items. The materials will be accessible once processed and cataloged, but there is no word yet on a timetable.