novelist and short‐story writer, born of English parents in Cannes, France. A heroin addict for thirty years, she died in London. Best known for the short, apocalyptic novel Ice (1967), she published numerous novels and short‐ story collections under the name Anna Kavan (having changed the name she was born with, Helen Emily Woods, by deed poll), as well as several earlier, more traditional, romantic novels under her married name, Helen Ferguson. Kavan's Sleep Has His House (1948; The House of Sleep in the USA) is a unique blend of dream diary, visionary fiction, and autobiography.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).