Gabriel García Márquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, he achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The University of Texas at Austin will digitize more than 24,000 pages from the archive of Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The university said Monday that a $126,730 grant from the nonprofit Council on Library and Information Resources will enable the school's Harry Ransom Center to undertake the digitalization.
The 18-month project is set to start in June. It will involve scanning manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs and ephemera and making them accessible online. The materials date from 1950 through 2013.
The school announced the acquisition of the archive in November 2014. The writer died in April 2014.
The university says the archive opened for research on Oct. 21. A small selection of digitized items from the archive is currently available.