Ransom Center exhibition celebrates "History and Influence of the King James Bible"

artwork: Marc Chagall - "Let My People Go", 1966 - © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ ADAGP, Paris. - Image courtesy of Harry Ransom Center.


AUSTIN, TX.- “The King James Bible: Its History and Influence,” an exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, demonstrates that four centuries after its first printing, the King James Bible (1611) remains one of the most influential books in the English language. Running from Feb. 28 to July 29, the exhibition includes other notable Bibles and examples of modern book design featuring biblical texts, resulting in the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center’s history. Featuring more than 220 items from the Ransom Center’s collections, the exhibition also includes materials from the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington, D.C., and Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford that help reveal how the King James Bible translation came into being. The language and imagery of the King James translation has had an extensive influence on English-speaking cultures and literature, from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to the poetry of Phillis Wheatley to Norman Mailer’s novel “The Gospel According to the Son.”