After Kathy Acker : A Biography-9780141986654

After Kathy Acker : A Biography by Kraus, Chris

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Author: Kraus, Chris


Published on 5 April 2018 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 352 pages
196 x 129 x 21 | 262g

Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. In this first, fully authorized biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker's movement through some of the late 20th century's most significant artistic enterprises.