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Ken Anderson papers

Identifier: Q155

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Ken Anderson papers includes production notes from stage productions, theatre programs, newspaper articles, reviews, press releases, photographs, flyers and posters, 1986-2014. Of particular interest are Anderson's copies of several of his books with the author's annotations.


  • Creation: 1986-2014


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Ken Anderson

As a student, Ken Anderson won Louisiana State University's Caffee Medal for prose and the Louisiana College Writers First Place and Grand Prize for drama. A Professor Emeritus of English (Kennesaw State University, Georgia), he has been a consultant for a fine arts journal and a gay men's literary quarterly. His fiction and poetry have appeared in over a hundred journals and anthologies, such as Bay Windows, The Gay Review, and The James White Review. Anderson's first book was The Intense Lover: A Suite of Poems (1995). His second, the novel Someone Bought the House on the Island: A Dream Journal (1998), sold out and was a finalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. His third was Hasty Hearts (2000), a reprint of the novel plus a collection of ten short stories. His fourth was The Statue of Pan: Six Stories, a Novella, and a Novella-Play (2007). His play, Mattie Cushman: A Psychodrama, has been produced twice and aired on cable, and a stage version of Someone Bought the House on the Island won the Saints and Sinners Playwriting Contest. Anderson also wrote the libretto for an operatic version of Someone Bought the House on the Island, which premiered in Atlanta in 2010. He has also written a screenplay version of Someone Bought the House on the Island, as well as screenplay versions of The Statue of Pan and The Crystal Ball. His book, Sea Change: An Example of the Pleasure Principle (2012) was an Independent Publisher Editor's Choice.


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Language of Materials



Ken Anderson is a novelist, poet and playright from Atlanta, Georgia. He is especially known for his works, The Intense Lover, Someone Bought the House on the Island, Hasty Hearts, and the play Mattie Cushman: A Psychodrama. He also served as a professor of English at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.


Materials organized according to Anderson's works.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ken Anderson, March 25 and September 12, 2014.

Separated Materials

Separated to Special Collections Books, see catalog for access

  1. Anderson, Ken. Hasty Hearts: A Collection of the Best Fiction by Ken Anderson. Sarasota, FL: STARbooks Press, 2001.
  2. Anderson, Ken. Sea Change: An Example of the Pleasure Principle. Herndon, VA: STARbooks Press, 2012.
  3. Anderson, Ken. The Statue of Pan: Six Stories, A Novella, and a Novella-Play. Herndon, VA: STARbooks Press, 2007.

Collection Transfer Note

This collection was previously designated W155, but was assigned collection number Q155 with the formationĀ of the Gender and Sexuality Collection in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Bell at the file level, June 2017.

Ken Anderson:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Thomas Bell
June 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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