London: Peter Owen, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm): 192pp. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine lettered in silver; illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped) by Eric Patton, printed in blue, green, orange, and black. An excellent copy, Near Fine or better (few foxing spots to text block edges; previous owner name to fly leaf neatly whited out); about Fine jacket (price-clipped; lightly dust-soiled back panel). Near Fine+ / Fine-. Item #BB1849
A collection of thirteen of the author's later short stories. Anna Kavan, born Helen Emily Woods, was a British writer and painter. She attended the London Central School of Arts and Crafts during the 1920s, when her heroin use, which continued almost without pause until her death, began. Originally publishing under her first married name, Helen Ferguson, she became Anna Kavan in 1940, the name of one of her fictional characters, not only as a nom de plume but as her legal identity. That was also when her "semiautobiographical surreal fiction, dealing with themes of mental breakdown and self-destruction," (Britannica) became much more "hallucinatory, experimental, steeped in doom, and with a disorientating quality." (Paris Review) Then in the late 1940s, an eight-year drought interrupted Kavan's literary output, and it was not until 1956 that she published again. For more than fifty years now, a small independent London publisher, Peter Owen, has produced Kavan's writing, publishing posthumously work as it comes to light." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).