First page of an edited draft of Lisa Alther’s Kinflicks, ca. 1975. Lisa Alther Papers. Harry Ransom Center.
The Ransom Center is now home to the papers of bestselling American writer Lisa Alther (b. 1944), whose works frequently explore cultural stereotypes—particularly those relating to women—with wit and humor.
Alther is the author of 12 books, including her first published novel, Kinflicks (1976), an acclaimed, feminist coming-of-age story. Writing of Alther’s debut in Harper’s, Alice Adams noted, “This book is so continuously funny that its wisdom takes you by surprise… we are in the presence of a most powerful and remarkable talent.”