January 17, 2022

Authors: Ransom Center (U. of Texas at Austin) Acquires Papers of Rachel Cusk

From the Ransom Center:

The papers of acclaimed author Rachel Cusk (b. 1967) have been acquired by the Ransom Center.

Cusk is the author of 10 novels including the critically acclaimed Outline Trilogy, which includes 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’s non-fiction works are A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001), The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009) and Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012).

Her papers include materials from the 1980s to today, representing the core of her career as a writer and making clear the connections between her personal and professional lives. The materials reflect Cusk’s personal writing process in which much of her composition process occurs in her mind.

Cusk describes her writing process in “The Weather of Domestic Life.


The papers include personal material, beginning with correspondence from the 1980s and ‘90s. 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.


Cusk was named one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young Novelists in 2003 and has received numerous literary awards, including the Whitbread First Novel award in 1993 for Saving Agnes.

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