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A stranger on Earth : the life and work of Anna Kavan

Author: Jeremy Reed
Publisher: London ; Chester Springs, PA : Peter Owen, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jeremy Reed's biography of the novelist Anna Kavan draws on newly discovered original material to map out the life, times and visionary work of a writer who renamed herself after a character in one of her own novels and did everything she could to resist biography.".
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reed, Jeremy.
Stranger on Earth.
London ; Chester Springs, PA : Peter Owen, 2006
(OCoLC)607760952
Named Person: Anna Kavan; Anna Kavan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Reed
ISBN: 072061273X 9780720612738 0720612411 9780720612417
OCLC Number: 62533094
Description: 207 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Tasting the Blues --
2. An Enigma Called Helen --
3. Whisky, Breakdowns and a Bulldog Named Olga --
4. Helen Ferguson's Novels --
5. Blonde Ambition --
6. On the Road --
7. Falling Off the Edge of the World --
8. A Woman Left Lonely --
9. Mutant Love --
10. Critic at a Court of Queens --
11. Dr Bluth and the Mad Business --
12. Heroin --
13. In a White Room --
14. Love Minus Zero: Kavan and the 1960s' Zeitgeist --
15. The Loop --
16. A Woman's Story --
17. Exploding Into Colour: The Later Paintings --
18. The Needle and the Damage Done --
19. Disinformation --
Postscript: Where Are You Now?
Responsibility: Jeremy Reed.

Abstract:

"Jeremy Reed's biography of the novelist Anna Kavan draws on newly discovered original material to map out the life, times and visionary work of a writer who renamed herself after a character in one of her own novels and did everything she could to resist biography.".

"A Stranger on Earth documents Kavan's lifelong addiction to heroin, the circumstances of her two failed marriages, the inseparable bond she formed with her psychiatrist, her suicide attempts, her strange and unforgettable paintings, her devoted attraction to gay men, her obsessions, phobias, reclusiveness and indomitable artistic courage. Reed celebrates the extraordinary imagination at work in her highly acclaimed novels (such as Asylum Piece, Sleep Has His House, Ice and Mercury) and brings us to a new understanding of this most enigmatic of figures, whose work has been praised by J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, Brian Aldiss and Christopher Priest. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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