"Kathy Acker's trancelike writing style peels away the layers of reality... Acker is an expert at evoking this shadowy realm of belief and emotion where the rules of cause and effect do not necessarily apply." -San Francisco Chronicle
Portrait of an Eye
978-0-8021-3543-8 • $14.00 • Paperback • Jan. 1998
Beginning with The
Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula in 1973, Kathy Acker set out on a
brilliant journey toward the boundaries of modern fiction that has made her one
of the most celebrated novelists of her generation.
From the start, Kathy Acker created a brash and sexy female
voice as shocking as the worlds she invokes. In Childlike Life she steps into the biography of a Mississippi
murderess who falls in love with a famous lawyer. In I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac she takes a man capable of deceiving
both sexes as her lover in a dreamy odyssey through the labyrinth of her
desires. In The Adult Life Toulouse
Lautrec is a woman starved for love and sex.
All of Acker’s obsessions—the frenzy of sexual desire, the
search for identity, the invention of a new literary language—are present here
with savage purity and raw energy.
The Childlike Life of
the Black Tarantula by the Black Tarantula
I Dreamt I Was a
The Adult Life of
Toulouse Lautrec by Henri Toulouse Lautrec