Essential Acker: The Selected Writings of Kathy Acker

Essential Acker: The Selected Writings of Kathy Acker

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Kathy Acker pushed literary boundaries with a vigour and creative fire that made her one of the preeminent experimental writers and her books cult classics.

This book distills the incredible variety of Acker's body of work into a single volume that reads like a communique from the front lines of late-twentieth-century America. Acker was a literary pirate whose prodigious output drew promiscuously from popular culture, the classics of Western civilization, current events, and the raw material of her own life.

Her vision questions everything we take for granted — the authority of parents, government, and the law; sexuality and the policing of desire — and puts in its place a universe of polymorphous perversity and shameless, playful freakery.

"Essential Acker recognizes and highlights Acker's galvanizing fiction in a vital and tantalizing montage of excerpts from 19 of her rampaging novels, which Jeanette Winterson, no slouch herself, describes in her resounding introduction as 'rigorous and playful, sexy and repelling, inventive and proverbial.'" - Library Journal.