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Kathy Acker

Kathy AckerAKA Karen Lehmann

Born: 18-Apr-1947
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1-Dec-1997
Location of death: Tijuana, Mexico [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Breast

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Blood and Guts in High School

Formerly a stripper, Acker supported pornography and hated Andrea Dworkin. After a 1996 diagnosis with breast cancer, Acker received a double mastectomy but refused chemotherapy. She died at an alternative cancer clinic in Mexico.

[1] American Biologics

Father: Donald M. Lehmann (deserted the family prior to Kathy's birth)
Mother: Claire Kathleen Weill (d. suicide)
Sister: Wendy Bowers (half sister)
Husband: Robert Acker (m. 1966, div.)
Husband: Peter Laurence Gordon (composer, m. 1976, div. 1979)

    University: Brandeis University (1963-65)
    University: BA Classics, University of California at San Diego (1968)
    University: City University of New York
    University: New York University
    Adjunct Professor: San Francisco Art Institute (1991-95)

    Students for a Democratic Society
    Abortion multiple
    Mastectomy double, San Francisco (Apr-1996)
    German Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Breast Cancer, Yoga

    The Golden Boat (9-Sep-1990)

Author of books:
The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (1973, novel)
I Dreamt I Was a Nymphomaniac: Imagining (1974, novel)
Hello, I'm Erica Jong (1982, novel)
Great Expectations (1982, novel)
Blood and Guts in High School (1984, novel)
Don Quixote: Which Was a Dream (1986, novel)
Literal Madness (1987, novel)
Empire of the Senseless (1988, novel)
Hannibal Lecter: My Father (1991, novel)
My Mother: Demonology (1993, short stories)
Pussy, King of the Pirates (1995, novel)

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