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The Sufferers

An Inventory of the Portfolio in the Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Stevens, Elisabeth
Title: The Sufferers
Dates: 2015
Extent: 1 portfolio of 4 etchings
Abstract: Limited edition published portfolio, entitled The Sufferers, comprised of four original etchings by Elisabeth Stevens (American, born 1929).
Call Number: Art Collection AR-00379
Language: English
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Acquisition: Gift of the artist, 2016 (17-09-002-G)
Processed by: Jill Morena, 2017

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Elisabeth Goss Stevens was born in Rome, New York. She graduated from Wellesley College, and received an MA from Columbia University in Modern Literature. As an artist, Stevens produced etchings, silverpoints, linocuts, and illustrations for her own books, other authors, and various periodicals. As a journalist and critic, she wrote articles and reviews on art, architecture, drama, and film for a number of major national magazines and newspapers, such as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She was also the author of several works of fiction and poetry. She died at her home in Sarasota, Florida on June 10, 2018.

Goss Press, "Elisabeth Stevens Schleussner, writer and graphic artist, dies at 88,", (accessed on 27 June 2018).

Limited edition published portfolio, entitled The Sufferers ([Sarasota, Fla.: Goss Press, 2015), comprised of four original etchings by Elisabeth Stevens (American, born 1929) in a clamshell box. Stevens took two quotes from Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal as her inspiration for the portfolio. Each of the four etchings depict men and women burdened by their respective appendages, and either troubled or elated by love and erotic life.

The Ransom Center holds two artist's books by Elisabeth Stevens, Eranos (AR-00263), which contains aquatint etchings, and Sirens’ Songs: Livre d’Artiste, which contains original poems and etchings.


Erotic art.
Female nude in art.
Male nude in art.

Document Types

Intaglio prints--2010-2020.