Anna Kavan (1901-1968) was a British writer and artist. She began publishing novels under her married name Helen Ferguson in 1929, and in 1940 began publishing under the name Anna Kavan (one of her own fictional characters). Her writing was often innovative and experimental, influenced by her severe depression and long-term heroin addiction. Other significant writers including Brian Aldiss, J.G.Ballard, Doris Lessing, Anaïs Nin and Jean Rhys have admired Anna Kavan's distinctive style, and she continues to inspire readers, writers and artists today.
Anna Kavan: New Readings
A special issue of the academic journal Women: A Cultural Review devoted to Anna Kavan has just been published. Anna Kavan: New Readings contains seven scholarly articles giving diverse readings of Kavan's work. The journal can be accessed online at Women: a cultural review