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Guide to the Kathy Acker Papers, 1972-1997 and undated

Collection Overview

The papers of Kathy Acker, 1975-1996 and undated, are comprised, for the most part, of manuscript drafts of her novels, short stories, and other miscellaneous writings ranging from early works such as The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (1975) to her last novel Pussy, King of the Pirates (1996). Described as a cyberpunk author and performance artist, Acker's novels question the strictures of female sexuality and the power of language.

The collection is divided into the Writing Series (with subseries of Manuscript Drafts and Miscellaneous Drafts), Audio Cassettes Series, Correspondence Series, and Artwork Series. The Writing Series contains corrected typescripts, photocopies or original holograph manuscripts of Blood and Guts in High School, Don Quixote, Empire of the Senseless, Great Expectations, In Memoriam to Identity, Kathy Goes to Haiti, My Death, My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini, My Mother Demonology, Tarantula Nympho-Lautrec Trilogy, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula, I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining, The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec, Ripoff Red: Girl Detective and Pussy, King of the Pirates. There are also drafts of the play "The Birth of the Poet" , the filmscript "Variety," and short stories such as "The Language of the Body," "Jean Duval," and "Girl Gangs Take Over the World."

The Audio Cassette Series primarily consists of cassette recordings of interviews with Acker or lectures given by Acker.

The Correspondence Series contains letters from people offering suggestions on Acker's works or from others asking for or thanking Acker for her suggestions regarding their works. Also included are essays and poetry sent to Acker as well as other letters from friends and colleagues. (Includes correspondence from accession #1999-0207.)

The Artwork Series contains original artwork for Empire of the Senseless, In Memoriam to Identity, Blood and Guts in High School, I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac, and Pussy, King of the Pirates. In addition, there are numerous black and white photographs of Acker by Robert Mapplethorpe and Marcus Leatherdale.

The addition (99-207) (75 items, .1 linear ft.; dated 1973-1978) contains two lengthy sections from Acker's spiralbound notebook, one recording dreams, fantasies and events in her typical stream of consciousness manner, the second containing reflections on various topics and thinkers, including de Sade. There is an original typescript of an introduction for her book, The Thesmophoriazisae; an early version of The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula #6; The Story of My Life, a home-made production in the original format Acker used to distribute her work; twenty-five letters from other poets and writers, including Andrei Codrescu, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Hirschman, Fielding Dawson, Ed Dron, Ed Sanders, Laura Chester, Peter Gordon, Rex Pickett, Opal Nations, and Barbara Baracks (interfiled in the Correspondence Series); and an original color broadside announcing a reading by Acker. All materials from accession #1999-0207, except correspondence, are interfiled with accession #2002-0081.

The addition (2002-0081) (3552 items, 6.5 linear feet; dated [ca. 1979]-1997 and undated) includes correspondence, drafts, and notebooks of works by Acker, writings about Acker, photographs, and audio recordings. The drafts and notebooks include numerous edited and unedited typescripts of Acker's books Pussy, King of the Pirates; Eurydice in the Underworld; and Requiem. There are also drafts and research material for the articles "Sugar and Spice," based on an interview with the Spice Girls, and "The Gift of Disease," dealing with her battle with cancer. Also includes 927 electronic documents on 2 zip disks and 3, 3.5" floppies; 3 audiocassettes; 3 CDs; 1 LP; 7 black-and-white and 6 color photographs; 5 color negatives; and two color slides.

The addition (2002-0164) (2 items, .1 linear feet; dated ca. 1972) is a photocopy of Acker's 59-page typescript, "The Destruction of the U.S./The Burning Bombing of America." Includes a 3-page document by Susan Orlofsky describing the typescript's provenance and outlining its contents. (This accession has been interfiled with Acc. 2002-0081.)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Kathy Acker papers 1972-1997 and undated
Creator
Acker, Kathy, 1948-
Extent
20.7 Linear Feet, 3860 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Blood and Guts in High School

Proofs

Box 1
Blood and Guts in High School
Box 1
Don Quixote
(2 volumes)
Volume I

Approximately 189 pages of original typescript, computer printout and photocopied typescript, with some original corrections. Enclosed in black binding.

Box 1
Volume III

Approximately 80 pages of original typescript and photocopies, moderately corrected by Acker with additions and deletions. Enclosed in black binding.

Box 1
Empire of the Senseless
Box 1
Folder 1

Approximately 300-page original typescript and photocopies, moderately corrected by Acker.

Box 1
Folder 2

Blues

Box 1
In Memoriam to Identity
(1 folder)
Box 1
Volume I

112-page photocopied typescript with some original corrections and some corrections in the photocopy. Enclosed in red binding.

Box 2
Volume II

188-page photocopied typescript with some original corrections. Enclosed in black binding.

Box 2
Kathy Goes to Haiti
Box 2
Kathy Goes to Haiti

Proofs

Box 2
My Death, My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Box 2
My Mother Demonology

Blues

Box 2
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

57-page original holograph manuscript of part one, with many additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6 x 9.5 inches.

123-page original holograph manuscript of parts one and two, with corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 5.75 x 8.25 inches.

62-page original holograph manuscript, with a few corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6 x 9.5 inches.

51-page original holograph, with a few corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6 x 9.5 inches.

73-page original holograph manuscript, heavily corrected with many additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 5.75 x 8.25 inches.

80-page original holograph manuscript, with some corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6.75 x 8.25 inches.

85-page original holograph manuscript, with deletions and additions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6 x 9.5 inches.

42-page original holograph manuscript first draft, with many corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

50-page original holograph manuscript second draft, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

60-page original holograph manuscript second draft, with many additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 6 x 9.5 inches, entitled, "First draft of certain sections."

66-page original holograph manuscript with a few additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches, entitled, "First, second drafts mainly second draft of dream sections."

58-page original holograph manuscript, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches, entitled, "Beginning of Book."

58-page original holograph manuscript, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches, entitled, "3rd draft, indications of uses of second draft..."

51-page original holograph manuscript, heavily corrected with additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches, entitled, "Last handwritten draft--changed according to oral reading."

34-page original holograph manuscript, heavily corrected with additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

73-page original holograph manuscript first draft, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

48-page original holograph manuscript first draft, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

65-page original holograph manuscript final draft, heavily corrected with many additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

84-page original holograph manuscript, with many corrections, additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

54-page original holograph manuscript, corrected, with some additions and deletions.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

Insert entitled, "Dreams for book and end of 'The Dead Man.'" 45-page original holograph manuscript, with a few corrections.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25 inches.

Insert entitled, "'The Dead Man'--End Final draft." 14-page original holograph manuscript, heavily corrected with additions and deletions.

Box 3

Now collected as Portrait of an Eye: Three Novels, Pantheon.

The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula. By The Black Tarantula.

Small 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers (New York: Tvrt Press, 1978). First Edition. Limited. With some ink corrections to the text by Acker.

Copy "July '73 #3," original trial paste-up copy.

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining.

8 vo. Original printed beige wrappers (San Francisco 1974). Inscribed on the cover, "for PP & CP from his dearly beloved--TBT."

8 vo. Original printed beige wrappers (San Francisco 1974). With marks on cover: "'Carworth' Rat + mouse breeders in High Falls --ask for slightly used-- 26 Nov 74." On back cover: "Bargyla Alyabgy Babylrgy"

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining. Part 2.

Original plain white wrappers. Inscribed on the cover, "This is for CP & PP who has to be around 1 day a week. This will make him be around--TBT." With some corrections and underlining in the text by Acker.

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining. Part 3.

Original printed white wrappers (printed "Peter Gordon 1974") and inscribed by Acker, "(Note: Fred: Not by Peter, but I said by him as a present to him. I was always changing my name in those days.)"

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining. Part 4.

Original printed white wrappers. Inscribed by Acker on the cover, "for the person who helped me do this. The Black Tarantula," with a drawing of three hearts.

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining. Part 5.

Original printed white wrappers.

Box 3
I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining. Part 6.

Original printed white wrappers.

Box 3
Another complete, clean copy of Nymphomaniac (missing Part 6).
Box 3
The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec.

Illustrated. Small 8vo. Original pictorial wrappers (New York: Tvrt Press, 1978). First Edition. Limited.

Box 3
Ripoff Red: Girl Detective

Early unpublished novel, 1973. Original 154-page typescript with some typed corrections. Enclosed in black binding with hand-lettered label. With original holograph title page and drawing by Acker.

Box 3
The Birth of the Poet
Box 3
The Birth of the Poet [in So & So, 2:1]
Box 3
Variety

A film written for director Bette Gordon. 46-page typescript, with notations and corrections by Acker.

Box 3
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25".

31-page original holograph manuscript first draft, with additions and deletions.

Box 4
Spiral notebook, 7 x 8.25".

20-page original holograph manuscript second draft, with many additions and deletions.

Box 4
Spiral notebook, 6.5 x 9.5".

21-page original holograph manuscript, with some deletions.

Box 4
Spiral notebook, 6.5 x 9.5".

45-page original holograph manuscript, with a few corrections.

Box 4
Girl Gangs Take Over the World (1979)

An early version of "Algeria," which appears in Hannibal Lecteur, My Father. Approximately 100-page original typescript, with some corrections by Acker. Enclosed in blue folder. Farsi Text originals

Box 4
Lust/A Sailor's Slight Identity
Box 4
Loss/The Memory of Orpheus
Box 4
Florida and Cesar Vallejo Poems
Box 4
New York City in 1979: To Jeanne's Insulted Beauty

60-page photocopied typescript, corrected in the photocopy, with original note on the title page, "My Copy," by Acker.

Box 4
Journal Black Cats Black Jewels

Original 9-page typescript with a few typed corrections; stapled into gray wrappers.

Box 4
Entrance Into Dwelling in Paradise

Original 7-page typescript with a few typed corrections; laid into orange wrappers.

Box 4
Exercise #3: Writing Asystematically. Murderers-Criminals Join Sunlight.

Original 8-page typescript, with a few holograph corrections; laid into blue wrappers

Box 4
Homage to Leroi Jones

12-page photocopied typescript

Box 4
Peter Gordon: Ambiguity.

Original 22-page typescript with typed corrections

Box 4
Nightmare City.

19-page photocopied typescript with a few holograph corrections by Acker in the photocopy.

Box 4
The Seattle Book: For Randy and Heather.

14-page photocopied typescript with original typed title page.

Box 4
Conversations.

Original 9-page typescript, with typed corrections.

Box 4
Small Texts.

Approximately 70 pages of typescript and photocopy, with a few typed and holograph corrections. Enclosed in yellow folder with hand-lettered label. Text includes the short stories: "Christ Comes to New York City," " Notes on Writing from The Life of Baudelaire," "The Rebel," "The Bum," "Voodoo," "Blood and Guts in High School," "For the Ladies Who Sing: Three Stories, 1977," "The Scorpions," "Lady Be Bad."

Box 4
Various Small Texts with corrections.

46 pages of typescript, lightly corrected, including: "Two Girls," "The Underside of Dream," "Spring Touring," "In the Days Before Dreaming..." faxed to John Zorn, "The Travels of the Pirates: These Beginnings...," "J," piece beginning "When the divine Marquis, as some have named him, in his Philosophy in the Bedroom...," which includes "Theoretical Language in a Patriarchal Society," "The Language of the Body," and "Non-Patriarchal Language: The Body."

Box 4
Miscellaneous.

7-page typescript and photocopy of works in progress, with some corrections; plus L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. Number 9/10. October 1979. Containing "Notes on Writing--from The Life of Baudelaire" by Acker. Original self cover; plus "Fete" by Acker (1980). Folded photocopied typescript, 1 page (14 copies); plus "Looking for Madonna," (for Saturday Review), 3-page photocopy with 2 holograph corrections by Acker.

Box 4
Small Pieces.

Approximately 65 pages of photocopied typescript, with typed and holograph corrections.

Box 4
Miscellaneous Articles.

Approximately 30 pages of photocopied typescript with some original holograph corrections. Articles for The Village Voice and The New Statesman.

Box 4
Reading the Lack of the Body: The Writing of the Marquis de Sade.

Approximately 30-page typescript.

Box 4
My Mother.

Original 16-page typescript with many holograph corrections; plus 13-paged "reading version," corrected in the photocopy, with a few original holograph corrections; plus 19-page proofs, corrected by Acker with many additions and deletions, with a note from Brad Morrow, editor of Conjunctions magazine.

Box 4
Rejects from Don Quixote and The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum by Wallace Irwin. With an introduction by Gelett Burgess. New York

Original printed wrappers.

Box 4
New York City: 1983 ["For Marcus Leatherdale Catalogue"].

8-page photocopied typescript

Box 4
Japan

10-page photocopied typescript, corrected in the photocopy

Box 4
Photocopy of a 2-page TLS from William Burroughs to Miles, with 10-page photocopied typescript of The Reactive Mind.
Box 4
Time 1981

Translations of the Diaries of Laure. Original 18-page typescript, signed, with some corrections by Acker; plus 2-page proof, with 3 corrections by Acker.

Box 4
For Ariane. 1990-1. Writings.

Approximately 50 pages of typescripts, with some corrections by Acker.

Box 4
Me Talking About Me. Magazine Articles.
Box 4
Red Wings: Concerning Richard Prince's Spiritual America.

Original 10-page typescript, with signed fax from Acker; plus approximately 50 pages of miscellaneous photocopied typescripts, with some corrections by Acker; plus 13-page photocopied typescript interview with Acker on April 23, 1986, conducted by Dick Ellis, et al.

Box 4
More Short Pieces, 1989

Approximately 100 pages of photocopied typescript, with some ink notations by Acker.

Box 4
Vogue (Meare) London Times (exile)

5-page typescript review of Bonfire of the Vanities, signed, for The New Statesman.

Box 4
Freedom and Domination in the Theatre. A Working Diary.

8-page photocopied typescript with some original corrections.

Box 4

4-page original typescript; plus approximately 25 pages of photocopied typescript of articles and faxes, copy of poetry festival program.

Motorcycle insurance policy, dated 1989
Box 4
William Burroughs' Realism.
Box 4
6th Bisbee Poetry Festival program.
Box 4
Kathy Acker and British astrologer discuss Acker's astrological chart
Box 4
Tape from Acker's answering machine, London

Side 2 is blank

Box 4
Kathy Acker with Nox: Love, Emily [from My Death, My Life, By Pier Paolo Pasolini]
Box 4
Kathy Acker and an unidentified British art critic (?) walk through an Andy Warhol exhibit, discussing Warhol and the Pop Art movement

Side 2 is blank

Box 4
German radio show on Acker's work

In German; narration about/by Kathy mixed with complete (lengthy) rock songs--artists named on Side 2. Side 2 also contains an unrelated radio show that followed the Acker special.

Box 4
Lecture by Acker on Wuthering Heights, Maurice Blanchot and literary tradition.
Box 4
Story of O in which everyone's an animal.

Original 58-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
O & Ange. Beginning.

Original 53-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
"Second Chapter--Beginning of O & Ange."

Original 26-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
O & Ange. In A World Without Men.

Original 49-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
The World W/out Men/Thru the Cunts of Our Mothers.

Original 50-page corrected holograph manuscript in black spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
Escape.

Original 65-page corrected holograph manuscript beginning "After the Death of the Whore-house--O becomes a poet," in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
The Loneliness of the Weasel Cat.

Original 26-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
The Point of Everything. What the Punk Boys Dream...

Original 43-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
In the Days of the Pirates.

Original 50-page corrected holograph manuscript in 2 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Dream Xtra.

Original 60-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook and the cover of a telephone owner's manual

Box 5
In the Days of the Pirates (Pirate Island) O's Story Continues, Pirate Island.

Original 55-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
Virgin Gold Returns.

Original 29-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
The Creation of the Wor(l)d According to Dog. II Second Part of first draft of the end.

Original 76-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
Second part--final draft...p.1. Becoming a Rat.

Original 47-page corrected holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook.

Box 5
Dream Maps.

Original 45-page corrected holograph manuscript (including original art work) in 2 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Pussy.

Original 158-page corrected holograph manuscript in 2 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Ostracism, (Looking for a Pussycat) and After.

Original 269-page corrected holograph manuscript in 6 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Ostracism (Pussycat).

Original 187-page corrected holograph manuscript in 3 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Antigone.

Original 168-page corrected holograph manuscript in 4 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 5
Preface.

Original 216-page corrected holograph manuscript in 4 spiral-bound notebooks.

Box 6
Games Love Chronicles of Pirates.

Computer printout of: "The Vision Passes" (includes "Playing House," p. 312-14; "The True Colors of Piracy," pp. 315-20; "The Vision Passes," p. 321-27; "Becoming A Rat," pp. 301-10); "The True Colors of Piracy," pp. 56-61; "The Vision Passes," p. 62-68; "Becoming A Rat," pp. 41-50; "Titles" [1 title pages from Pussy, King of the Pirates]; "Playing House," p. 51-54; and "Pirate Chronicles" (includes "Sections from The Chronicle of the Pirates" and "Pirate Chronicles" ).

111-page typescript, heavily corrected by Acker in red ink. (computer printout and original typescript).

Box 6
Pussy, King of the Pirates.

111-page typescript with a few corrections by Acker. Containing: Preface: "Once upon a time not long ago O," "In the Days of Dreaming" and "In the Days of the Pirates." Clamped into red folding notebook.

Box 6
Ostracism's Story.

150-page typescript with a few corrections by Acker. Clamped into a blue folding notebook.

Box 6
In the Days of the Pirates.

67-page typescript with some original art. Clamped into blue folding notebook.

Box 6
Pussy, King of the Pirates.

Page 1-185 of corrected typescript. Page 185a-328 of corrected typescript.

Box 7
Address to the Author's Guild.

10-page corrected typescript; plus 9-page fax of a slightly different version, with some corrections by Acker; plus 10-page clean copy; 2-page TLS concerning the address; another 10-page clean copy; plus computer printout of "Author's Guild Speech" (7 page clean copy and 1 page "Speech Notes on Pirates" ).

Box 7
Seeing Gender.

Catalogue for the Pompidou Gender Show, Paris, October, 1995. 46-page holograph manuscript in spiral-bound notebook; plus 14 pages of original loose manuscript; 10-page typescript, heavily corrected by Acker, with additions and deletions, plus 11-page corrected typescript second version; 12-page clean typescript.

Box 7
After the End of the Art World. For Art & Design.

14 pages of loose holograph manuscript; plus 7-page clean typescript.

Box 7
Running Through the World. On the Art of Kiki Smith. For The Independent, London.

25 pages of original loose manuscript; plus 7-page corrected typescript, dated 2/95; 10 pages of typescript with some corrections; 8-page corrected typescript with 1 page of holograph corrections; 4-page TLS to The Independent giving corrections to the article; computer disk labeled "Kiki Smith Cuntdisk Too(s)."

Box 7
Speech for Artist in Society Conference. Art Institute of Chicago.

4 pages of original loose manuscript; 7-page corrected typescript; 12-clean copy; various newspaper clippings of the conference; facsimile of the text of a proposed law on homosexuality in Idaho.

Box 7
Fucking Up Japanese.

26 pages of a typescript.

Box 7
The Language of Sex The Sex of Language.

5-page typescript of an article for Marxism Today.

Box 7
Christ Comes to New York City.

1 page of a typescript

Box 7
21 pages of original loose notes for Wuthering Heights.
Box 7
On Freedom and Democracy (The perverse position-political/sexual).

19 pages of original loose manuscript

Box 7
My Mother.

19-page proof with corrections by Acker

Box 7
Sade and Eugenie de Franval

15-page typescript.

Box 7
The Insoluble Problem of Violence.

12 pages of a typescript with corrections; 1 piece of correspondence.

Box 7

15-page proof with title page and table of contents for the journal (Volume 16, Numbers 1-2, 3, 1993).

The Language of the Body.
Box 7
Blood and Guts in High School Plus Two. Book Banning Documentation.

18 pages of documentation from New Zealand on the banning of Blood and Guts in High School Plus Two.

Box 7
Pussy, King of the Pirates.

Compact disc recording by the Mekons with Kathy Acker. 2 copies.

Box 7
1973-1978, undated
Box 8
1985-1993, undated
Box 8
3 black and white drawings on large sheet (16.5 x 12 inches), with tissue overlay noting layout and reductions.
Box 9
Tomomori with the anchor with which he drowned himself.
Box 9
9 x 12 inch ink drawing with red, silver and blue.
Box 9
9 x 12 inch pencil drawing
Box 9
Discipline and Anarchy
Box 9
My Family Fortune (with silver)
Box 9
The Deep (with white and silver)
Box 9
Dead Fish Fuck (with white and silver)
Box 9
Folder 2

8 pages of Arabic script, pasted on art board, with notes on layout and reductions: six are approximately 8 x 13.5 inches; one is 7.5 x 6.5 inches; one is 6.5 x 3.5 inches.

Box 9
Comic Book Strip for Dennis Cooper

2 pages (9 x 12 inches) of original pen and ink drawings and calligraphy, in the form of a letter, signed by Acker.

1 folder
Box 9
...the path of life is but a dream (with silver)
Box 9
How many dreams must we dream in search of real love? (with silver, white red and blue)
Box 9
...he sees two men who might not be real, fighting (with silver and red)
Box 9
The fighter and the girl fucked (with silver, brown and red)
Box 9
Original art work for Blood and Guts in High School (minus dream maps)

38 pages of layout with drawings and text, including 8 original black and white drawings; plus "The Persian Poems" by Janey Smith, 23-page original holograph manuscript. All are approximately 8.5 x 11.5 inches.

1 folder
Box 9
Art work for Blood and Guts in High School

Color photocopies

1 folder
Box 9
From The Book of Correspondences and The Journals of Kathy Acker
1 folder
Box 9
From I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining

Negatives

1 folder
Box 9
From I Dreamt I Became a Nymphomaniac!: Imagining.

Layouts

1 folder
Box 9
From Pussy, King of the Pirates
1 folder
Box 9
Black and white photographs of Acker by Robert Mapplethorpe and Marcus Leatherdale.
1 folder
Box 9
Original art work for Pussy, King of the Pirates
Oversize Folder 1
Promotional poster for Blood and Guts in High School
Oversize Folder 1
Dream Map 2 from Blood and Guts in High School.
Framed Item 1

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Sugar and Spice
Box 1
William Burroughs
Box 1
Moving Into Wonder
Box 1

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The Malady of Death
Box 2
Pirate Island
Box 2

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Eurydice Seeing Visions
Box 2
Eurydice in the Underworld
Box 2
Orpheus in the Underworld
Box 2
Eurydice's Monologue
Box 2
Anglo-Saxon American Culture is a Culture of Shit
Box 2

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Eurydice in the Underworld
Box 3
Pirates for the Mekons
Box 3
The Destruction of the US/The Burning Bombing of America, [ca. 1972]
Box 3
The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula #6: The Story of My Life
Box 3
"commonsensival/philosophical use of words ..."
Box 3
"I can't do just the dream shit ..."
Box 3
Letters to Acker
Box 3
Writings about Acker
Box 3

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Pussy, King of the Pirates
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 4

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Requiem
Box 5
The Gift of Disease
Box 5
Psyche's Journal
Box 5

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Eurydice Speaks
Box 5
Notes: Leaving the World
Box 5
The End of Poetry
Box 5
Nice Girl, Gone Wrong
Box 5

[Notebooks are listed according to the notebook title or the first line of writing within the notebook.]

Ulysses Backward
Box 6
Piece for World Art Class Notes
Box 6
Girls on Earth
Box 6
A Story by rattypussy ...
Box 6
Late Afternoon. 15th, 5:00 pm
Box 6
Nice Girl, Gone Wrong
Box 6
Organs - Kidneys ...
Box 6
Healing Journal
Box 6
For the Jane Eyre Play
Box 6
Listen, write down, what I like...
Box 6
And after the land of death...
Box 6
20 years ago Dia G. was one of the high priestesses of Punk ...
Box 6

[Notebooks are listed according to the notebook title or the first line of writing within the notebook.]

Persephone Grow(n)up
Box 7
Tales of Revolutionaries
Box 7
Being in 1. Earth/Dirt
Box 7
Psyche's Diary - 3rd taker
Box 7
The Boy Raw ...
Box 7
Make as real as possible ...
Box 7
Raw Eurydice
Box 7
Raw Daddy
Box 7
Raw's Story
Box 7
Raw Rat (Ismaiel) Dad ...
Box 7
Virgil's Bucolica et Georgica (1963) with Acker's handwritten annotations
Box 7
Correspondence
Box 7
[Material removed from Box 3, folder Eurydice in the Underworld]
Oversize Folder 1
[Material removed from Box 4, folder New Gothic Fiction]
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1948Born.
1963-65Studied Classics at Brandeis University.
1967Received BA from University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
1968-1970Studied at UCSD Department of Literature.
1971Studied at New York University Classics Department.
1975Published The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula.
1975-1976Creative Artists' Public Services Program New York State Grant For Fiction.
1978Published Kathy Goes to Haiti.
1980Published I Dreamt I Became A Nymphomaniac: Imagining.
1980Published The Adult Life of Toulouse-Lautrec.
1980-1981Instructor, The San Francisco Art Institute, Video and Performance Department.
1981Pushcart Prize.
1982Published Hello, I'm Erica Jong.
1983Published Great Expectations.
1984Published Algeria: A Series of Invocations Because Nothing Else Works.
1984Published Blood and Guts in High School.
1986Published Don Quixote.
1988Published Empire of the Senseless.
1988My Death, My Life, By Pier Paolo Pasolini published in Literal Madness.
1989Published Young Lust; Kathy Goes to Haiti; The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec; Florida.
1990Published The Seven Cardinal Virtues.
1990Published In Memoriam to Identity.
1991Published Hannibal Lecteur, My Father.
1991-1995Adjunct Professor, San Francisco Art Institute.
1992Published Portrait of an Eye: Three Novels.
1993Published My Mother Demonology.
1994Visiting Professor, UCSD.
1994Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara.
1994Visiting Professor, University of Idaho.
1996Published Pussy, King of the Pirates.
1997Died.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kathy Acker Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Kathy Acker Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1999-2002, 2012, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Ginny Daley; Tracy Brown

Completed September 14, 1998

Additions minimally processed by Ann Langford; Erin Lawrimore; Allan Maule

Encoded by Erin Lawrimore

Additions 2012, 2014 processed by Alice Poffinberger

Last updated February 2014

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