«  the cult junkie author anna kavan, whom nin admired, owes her posthumous reputation to owen, who has singlehandedly kept her work in print. the author of ice, who died in 1968 with enough heroin stockpiled in her house to kill the whole street, did so on the night she was expected at one of peter owen���s parties. when the police broke in the door, they found the gold invitation, so owen was the first person they called. ��� i didn���t realise at the time that i was dealing with a really major writer who would become a cult figure,��� owen admits. she was also rather difficult to deal with. after one brusque encounter with kavan, owen was told by a mutual friend, ��� you���ve got off lightly tonight. the last time i was here she threw a chicken at me.��� »