The papers of acclaimed author Rachel Cusk (b. 1967) have been acquired by the Ransom Center.
The Ransom Center acquires the papers of Rachel Cusk. Below, Cusk describes her writing process.
When I was writing my first novel I frequently dreamed that the house I was living in was on fire and that I was unable to rescue the manuscript. I took this same manuscript with me everywhere I went: the exteriorising of what was inside me, the creation of it as a physical object, was so momentous and alarming that I often felt more like its guardian than its author.
While doing research in the John Herrmann collection during her fellowship at the Ransom Center, Sara Kosiba found a manuscript of an unpublished 1925 novel. Titled Foreign Born, it tells the story of Ernst Weiman, a German immigrant living in the fictional town of Fairbanks, Michigan during World War I. [Read more…] about A novel discovery
James Machin is the author of the book Weird Fiction in Britain 1880-1939 (2018). Machin was a 2014-2015 fellow at the Ransom Center. While here, he spent time researching the Arthur Machen, M.P. Shiel, and John Buchan archives. Machin utilized those materials for his Ph.D thesis, and later book, on early weird fiction.
I have yet to encounter someone who doesn’t know of the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While you may not have seen it, you’ve almost assuredly heard of it. The film follows five teenagers on their way to visit a desecrated grave when they pick up a hitchhiker. They find themselves at the hitchhiker’s family home where they are thrust into a world of terror. The hitchhiker is the brother of a chainsaw wielding, cannibalistic serial killer called Leatherface, a name born from his grisly habit of creating and wearing flesh masks from his victims. [Read more…] about Preserving a Texas villain: Leatherface
During the modernist era, writers experimented with the language of the street in their works. Brooks Hefner’s The Word on the Streets explores how multiple writers of different genres used street slang to emphasize classism through dialect. At the Ransom Center, Hefner consulted the archives of influential detective fiction writers Dashiell Hammett and Erle Stanley Gardner to inform his book. [Read more…] about The word on the streets