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Heroin, madness and men: a hell of a life

newspaperArticle, September 3, 2001

Self-loathing, abuse and drug addiction plagued novelist Anna Kavan but also inspired her best work, says Virginia Ironside. It's time her genius was recognised.

Archives of Jonathan Cape Ltd - University of Reading


Jonathan Cape established his publishing company in 1921. The firm published both mainstream and more experimental literature, including a number of classic works and best-sellers, and was taken over by Random House in 1987. The collection includes book files 1960-1995 (including editorial, production and publicity correspondence etc.); author correspondence 1920s-1960; ledgers 1920s-1980s; rights correspondence; managing director's files 1960s-1980s.