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  • Acker is a postmodern Colette with echoes of Cleland's Fanny Hill

    William S. Burroughs
  • A coming-of-age story which examines incest and paedophilia with a profoundly Sadist literary bent ... can be credited with moving mainstream literature into indie territory.

    A Stevens, Guardian
  • Acker's work, more than that of any other writer I can think of, challenged the traditional lines of demarcation between poetry and novel, between high culture and popular trash and, perhaps most important of all, between literature and art world. In all these respects, her work signalled the tremors of a deep cultural shift...

    London Review of Books, Peter Wollen

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