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Unveiling Anna Kavanwebpage, None
Devotees of Anna Kavan may well be surprisedÃ¹and perhaps a little put offÃ¹that Peter Owen Publishers has brought out another biography of the acclaimed and esoteric author (Asylum Piece, Sleep Has this House, Ice, and Mercury). However, Jeremy Reed's prying book, A Stranger on Earth, has unearthed original material that uncovers a whole lot about someone who went to great lengths to turn herself into an enigma for posterity.
Anna KavanjournalArticle, None
It has been said that Anna Kavan wrote in a mirror. The body of work left by the now obscure British modernist represented a constant inquiry into her own identity, and the invention of a personal mythologyâor demonology, as it would become later in her career.
The Case of Anna Kavanâ by David CallardmagazineArticle, 25/02/1993
During the war Anna Kavan worked for nearly two years at the offices of Horizon. âUnderstandably, Connolly was never comfortable with Kavan,â Michael Sheldon wrote in Friends of Promise, his book about Connolly.
Rhys Davies and Anna KavanblogPost, 16/01/2008
The relationship between Welsh novelist Rhys Davies and cult author Anna Kavan is a fascinating one. I guess what drew them together must have been their outsider status - Davies the closeted homosexual and Kavan the secret heroin addict.
What's the Story: Reading Anna Kavan's IcejournalArticle, None
Anna Kavan's Ice is a novel of relentless, evanescent beauty that depicts a world in which two explicitly linked forms of violence dominate and inexorably and insanely destroy it. First published in 1967, on the eve of the second wave of feminism, Ice has never been regarded as a significant work of proto-feminist literature, although scholars occasionally include it on lists of sf by women written before the major works of feminist sf burst onto the scene in the 1970s.
Ice-maiden stung by a spider: 'Change the Name'newspaperArticle, 05/06/1993
ANNA KAVAN wrote quite a few novels, some under her own real name. She is better known in Europe, but if her reputation here is still small it is secure and growing. The nets of mystification she wove about herself have frayed a little, but her intention that her life should not be known frustrates biographers.
Outside the asylum of her mindnewspaperArticle, 25/06/2006
Since we often hear complaints about the puerile state of current publishing, it is as well to remind oneself that exceptional work has often had a hard time of it in Britain. Henry James struggled to sell his greatest novels. James Joyce was published in Paris. Ronald Firbank paid for his own publication. D H Lawrence was reviled. But because literature is about extending reality, not repeating it, there is some law of creativity which guarantees that the exceptional is what survives. So perhaps it is no wonder that the esoteric and beautiful writing of Anna Kavan refuses to go away - but it has been a near thing.
The case of Anna Kavan: a biographybook, 1992