Kathy Acker


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novelist, poet, and performance artist, born in New York. On leaving university she worked as a stripper and pornographic film actor. Her style and subject matter were established in early novels like The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (1975). Influenced by W. Burroughs, the poetry of the Black Mountain poets, and the erotic writings of Georges Bataille, she rejected plot and character in favour of fragments of autobiography, plagiarized material, and disconnected, dreamlike sequences of explicit sexuality and violence. In the mid‐1980s she settled in London, where Blood and Guts in High School (1984) brought her a wide audience, and was followed by Don Quixote (1986), Empire of the Senseless (1988), and In Memoriam to Identity (1990). Later books include My Mother: Demonology (1995), Pussy, King of the Pirates (1995), Bodies of Work (1997, essays on art, culture, and sexuality), and Eurydice in the Underworld (1997).

Subjects: Literature.

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