Anna Kavan (1901-1968) was a British writer and artist. She published six novels under her married name Helen Ferguson between 1929 and 1937; in 1940 she began publishing under the name Anna Kavan (one of her previous fictional characters) and later took the name as her own. 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.
Collected Short Stories
New York Review Books have recently published a U.S. edition of Machines in the Head, a selection of Anna Kavan's short stories from across her writing career. This collection brings an overview of Kavan's writing to North America, where her works have often been difficult to find. Available from New York Review Books.