Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAYBRIEFING - — Joe Gross

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.

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