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.
50th Anniversary of Anna Kavan's Death
Anna Kavan died of heart failure on 5 December 1968; 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of her death. Read The Paris Review's recent column on her here and sign up as a member of the Anna Kavan Society here to stay up to date with news about future events and publications.