The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the papers of acclaimed author Rachel Cusk.
Cusk, born in 1967, has written 10 novels including the critically acclaimed, somewhat meta-fictional “Outline" Trilogy (“Outline” (2014), “Transit” (2016) and “Kudos” (2018)).
Her debut novel was “Saving Agnes” (1993), and other works include “The Temporary” (1995), “The Country Life” (1997), “The Lucky Ones” (2003), “In the Fold” (2005), “Arlington Park” (2006) and “The Bradshaw Variations” (2009)
Cusk has also written three non-fiction works: “A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother” (2001), “The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy” (2009) and “Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation” (2012).
Cusk will be reading from “Kudos,” on April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ransom Center.
“Rachel Cusk is one of the most exciting novelists writing today,” said Stephen Enniss, director of the Ransom Center said in a statement. “Her novels explore the way identity is shaped by language and reveal as well the way the novel may serve as a site of struggle over the self,” he noted. “In placing her papers at the Ransom Center, Cusk has given us an intimate record of that struggle with life and with art.”
Cusk's papers include materials from the 1980s to today and her process is unpacked within 16 notebooks and in additional papers and documents, including personal material and correspondence from the 1980s and ‘90s.
The notebooks include teaching notes, occasional journal entries, drawings by her children, appointment details and records of everyday life. The papers include A series of drafts and notes relating to Cusk’s version of Euripedes’ play “Medea,” which premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2015, are also included in the collection as is her MacBook Pro laptop.
Once cataloged, the materials will be accessible at the Ransom Center.
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