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message 1: by Nate D (last edited Apr 26, 2013 01:53PM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments As Helen Ferguson:
A Charmed Circle (1929, in print)
Let Me Alone (1930, O.O.P. but in double edition)
The Dark Sisters (1930, one edition, extremely O.O.P.)
A Stranger Still (1935, in print)
Goose Cross (1936, one edition, extremely O.O.P.)
Rich Get Rich (1937, one edition, extremely O.O.P.)

As Anna Kavan:
Asylum Piece (1940, in print)
Change The Name (1941, O.O.P.)
I Am Lazarus (1945, stories, re-printing November 1, 2012)
Sleep Has His House (a.k.a. The House of Sleep) (1948, in print)
The Horse's Tale (with K. T. Bluth) (1949, extremely O.O.P.)
A Scarcity of Love (1956, in print)
Eagle's Nest (1957, O.O.P.)
A Bright Green Field (1958, stories, O.O.P.)
Who Are You? (1963, in print)
Ice (1967, in print)

Posthumous:
Julia and the Bazooka (1970, stories, in print)
My Soul in China (1975, novella and stories, O.O.P.)
Mercury (1994, in print)
The Parson (1995, in print)
Guilty (2007, in print)
Five Months Further (1943, 18 stories, unpublished until inclusion in Anna Kavan's New Zealand (see under Biography, and in message 19 below))
Stranger Still: The Works of Anna Kavan (2012, criticism with 4 uncollected stories, ed. Francis Booth, in print on Lulu)

Still unpublished:
The Cactus Sign (31 stories, compiled sometime 1941 - 1958, see message 20 below)

Biographies:
The Case of Anna Kavan (D.A. Callard, 1994, O.O.P. but available)
A Stranger on Earth (Jeremy Reed, 2006, in print)
Anna Kavan’s New Zealand (2009, biography with previously uncollected stories, ed. Jennifer Sturm, O.O.P.)

Collected editions:
My Madness: Selected Writings (1990, O.O.P.)
Let Me Alone and A Scarcity of Love (O.O.P. but available)


message 2: by Nate D (last edited Apr 26, 2013 01:23PM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments This is my one really rabid completist bid: I've read everything here but four of the Helen Ferguson-era novels, Change the Name, Stranger Still, Anna Kavan's New Zealand, and the newer biography. (19/28)

If anyone ever turns up a copy of A Bright Green Field (though I've read it), Goose Cross, Rich Get Rich, or Dark Sisters, let me know. These are the ones I still need to find.

I should probably also note that My Madness is kind of useless to the completist: it's all reprinted stories mixed with weird, chopped together versions of Sleep Has His House and Asylum Piece, plus the entire text of Ice. Though right now it's really the only place to read a brilliant story from A Bright Green Field, "The Birds Dancing".

Maybe at some point I'll hunt through the wikipedia and figure out where exactly all the uncollected stories are. (Besides the University of Tulsa, where there's an Anna Kavan archive complete with unpublished novels(?!))


message 3: by Jim (last edited Jan 22, 2013 03:25AM) (new)

Jim I was looking at her wikipedia page yesterday, and they have this list, which you've probably already seen:


Anthologized work by Anna Kavan

"Department of Slight Confusion." In Book: A Miscellany. No. 3, edited by Leo Bensemann & Denis Glover. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1941.
"Ice Storm." In New Zealand New Writing, edited by Ian Gordon. Wellington: Progressive Publishing Society, 1942.
"I Am Lazarus." Horizon VII, no. 41, 1943, 353–61.
"New Zealand: An Answer to an Inquiry." Horizon VIII, no. 45, 1943, 153–61.
"The Big Bang." In Modern Short Stories, edited by Denys Val Baker. London: Staples & Staples, 1943.
"Face of My People." Horizon IX, no. 53, 1944, 323–35.
"Face of My People." In Little Reviews Anthology 1945, edited by Denys Val Baker. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1945.
"I Am Lazarus." In Stories of the Forties Vol. 1, edited by Reginald Moore & Woodrow Wyatt. London: Nicholson & Watson, 1945.
"Two New Zealand Pieces." In Choice, edited by William Sansom. London: Progressive Publishing, 1946.
"Brave New Worlds." In Horizon, edited by Cyril Connolly. London, 1946.
"The Professor." In Horizon, edited by Cyril Connolly. London, 1946.
"Face of My People." In Modern British Writing, edited by Denys Val Baker. New York: Vanguard Press, 1947.
"I Am Lazarus." In The World Within: Fiction Illuminating Neuroses of Our Time, edited by Mary Louise W. Aswell. New York: McGraw-Hill Books, 1947.
"The Red Dogs." In Penguin New Writing, Vol. 37, edited by John Lehmann. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1949.
"The Red Dogs." In Pleasures of New Writing: An Anthology of Poems, Stories, and Other Prose Pieces from the Pages of New Writing, edited by John Lehmann. London: John Lehmann, 1952.
"Happy Name." In London Magazine, edited by Alan Ross. London, 1954.
"Palace of Sleep." In Stories for the Dead of Night, edited by Don Congdon. New York: Dell Books, 1957
"A Bright Green Field." In Springtime Two: An Anthology of Current Trends, edited by Peter Owen & Wendy Owen. London: Peter Owen Ltd., 1958.
"High in the Mountains." In London Magazine, edited by Alan Ross. London, 1958.
"Five More Days to Countdown." In Encounter XXXI, no. 1, 1968, 45–49.
"Julia and the Bazooka." In Encounter XXXII, no. 2, 1969, 16–19.
"World of Heroes." In Encounter XXXIII, no. 4, 1969, 9–13.
"The Mercedes." In London Magazine 1970, 17–21.
"Edge of Panic." In Vogue, 1 October 1971, 75–83.
"Sleep Has His House" excerpts. In The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers’ Dreams. Foreword by Anthony Stevens. London: Serpent’s Tail, 1996
"The Zebra Struck" In The Vintage Book of Amnesia, edited by Jonathan Lethem. New York: Vintage Books, 2000


message 5: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Once I have "I am Lazarus", I'll have read all her collected stories and it'll be time to start hunting down all the uncollected, so I'll definitely be turning to this list at that point! Particularly interested in the Horizons material of the 40s, seems like a unique milieu in British writing in general.


message 6: by Jessica (last edited Jan 17, 2013 08:26AM) (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments I'm taking the liberty of posting a link to an essay a friend of mine, Christopher O'Connell, wrote about Anna Kavan back in the late 80's or early 90's. I thought it was quite good. It was published in Chelsea (a lit. journal), but I don't think it's online.

Here's the link:
http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/3...


message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments Jim wrote: "This one has "The Zebra Struck"

The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss"


I love that anthology! Nearly every story in it is very very good.


message 8: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Thanks for the link Jessica! Always excited to read more Kavanalia and scholarship.

And have you read any Kavan yet, Ali? Who Are you? would be an excellent, quick non-Ice introduction, if you wanted to start elsewhere than the norm. Beware the cries of the brain-fever birds.


message 9: by Nate D (last edited Jan 26, 2013 09:33AM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Update to the Reading List: Stranger Still: The Works of Anna Kavan.

Thanks to Lily for finding this one. It seems to be mostly a work of criticism, but is also the first and only publication of four recently discovered stories from her later period!

Also: the long-awaited I am Lazarus reprint is supposedly shipping now after a year of delays, though I'm only going to believe it when I finally hold a copy in my hands.


message 10: by Lily (new)

Lily | 1 comments The four Kavan's short stories from Francis Booth's book are: Carla's Game, Married Love, The Winter Wind and The Inner Light.

Booth's comments to me are more like summarising the plot of each book along with some quotes than criticism.

By the way where did you guys get "The Horse's Tale" ebook?


message 11: by Nate D (last edited Jan 26, 2013 10:07AM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Thanks Lily. Still sounds worth it to get the stories, though I suppose the rather surface discussion explains why this was published on Lulu. At least they're available!

Another update: Anna Kavan's New Zealand, with contains more previously unpublished stories and letters, I believe, along with biographical insight into her New Zealand period during WWII.

Editor Jennifer Sturm discusses Kavan here.

Found via the new Anna Kavan Society.


message 12: by William Herschel (new)

William Herschel (williamherschel) | 7 comments Her work is too hard to get a hold of for me to have any aspirations of completion, but I do definitely want to explore more of her work. I inter-loaned Sleep Has His House from the library and... wow. Do you have a favourite thus far?


message 13: by Nate D (last edited Jan 28, 2013 09:03AM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments I'd recommend pretty much anything from her actual Anna Kavan period, Asylum Piece on. Ice is the rare case of simultaneously most popular / most easily available / and, I think, actually most complex and developed.

Also: The Horse's Tale now has a Goodreads page!


message 14: by Emilie (new)

Emilie i just finished asylum piece and i don't read it as a collection of short stories. have you read anything she wrote to indicate that she conceived of this as a work, as a modernist kind of poetry novel or to indicate she saw this the way it is being marketed and often reviewed, as a collection of stories meant to be read together or on their own? it seems to me that it is a carefully conceived cohesive whole.


message 15: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Absolutely agreed. I read it as a novel as well (and listed it as such in the list above). I'm not sure what Kavan called it, but it certainly seems to function as a cohesive whole (especially the first person sections, but the middle interlude is essentially of a part too), and it was written in a pretty compressed period, post-breakdown as she was remaking herself, so it certainly seems to have been conceived of together, too. Maybe it was just easier to market it that way, as independent "stories" appeared in the New Yorker and elsewhere around that time.


message 16: by Emilie (new)

Emilie oh, good! i guess that makes sense that it was easier to market the pieces in magazines by calling them "stories" at the time. it's disappointing that even now they are choosing not to market it as a novel, as if even now it's too experimental to call a novel...


message 17: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments If you're like me, you're probably curious about
Jennifer Sturm's biography / collection Anna Kavan’s New Zealand), which is pretty expensive at present.

In addition to 54 pages of biographical material by Sturm (her doctorate thesis, I believe), it would seem that she has reproduced and made available the 18 autobiographical stories comprising the previously unpublished Kavan collection Five Months Further, composed in New Zealand from September 1942 to January 1943.

From the Kavan archive at the University of Tulsa:

"Five Months Further." Typed of proposed anthology of short stories with handwritten revisions:
3:7 "September." p280-301.
"The Voice of the Imagination." p302-306.
"The Man With Two Faces." p307-309.
"Any Day." p310-316.
"October." p317-322.
"Waitahanui Society." p323-237.
"Interval, Evans the Milk, O.H.M.S." p338-345.
"Labor Day." p346-352.
"November." p353-359.
"Rather Kafka." p360-369.
"Another Ending." p370-385.
"December." p386-404.
"Pacific." p405-408.
"The Big Bang." p409-413.
"Change At Colon." p414-423.
"Christmas Convoy." p424-449.
"January." p450-459.
"Losing the North." p460-475.


message 18: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Here's another unpublished Kavan collection, from the Archive. The inclusions of "The Department of Slight Confusion" and "One of the Hot Spots"/"Lonely Unholy Shore" (later in Bright Green Field) place this as being prepared sometime between 1941 and 1958:

"The Cactus Sign." Typescript of proposed anthology of short stories with handwritten revisions:
"The Cactus Sign." p1-9.
"Lions Don't Live in China." p10-14.
"America's Wonderful. p15-20. (See also 2:3)
"Facing Up to Reality." p21-23.
"Some of the Things That Happen." p24-28.
"Memory of Maccassar." p29-32. (See also 2:6)
"Sorry I Can't Do Anything." p33-40.
"As Near As I Got to China." p41-47. (See also 2:4)
"Honey Don't You Mind." p48-54.
"Lonely Unholy Shore." p55-58.
"Department of Slight Confusion." p59-60.
"We Know All the Answers." p61-70.
"No More Roseate Views of the Tropics." p71-76.
"The Pain, the Island, Sweet Lady." p77-81.
"Subjects of General Interest." p82-87.
"Lord Have Mercy On Us." p88-91.
"Lover and Friend Hast Thou Put Far From Me and Mine Acquaintance Into Darkness." p92-108.
"One of the Hot Spots." p109-116.
"A Day in Batavia." p117-131. (See also 2:5)
"As Long As You Realize." p132-139.
"In Short I Was Afraid." p140-144.
"The Bank." p145-148.
"The Hotel." p149-153.
"The Lion." p154-158.
"The Hour." p159-161.
"Thinking About Sumatra." p162-167.
"There's Lovely." p168-172.
"The Second Tuesday." p173-177.
"Twelve Thousand Miles of It." p178-186.
"The Atom of God Near Balboa." p187-196.
"We Know the Boys Will Bring Us Our Joys." p197-208.


message 19: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments This leaves the following uncollected stories from Jim's list (including those in the two above collections, since those don't really make these stories much easier to find):

"Department of Slight Confusion." In Book: A Miscellany. No. 3, edited by Leo Bensemann & Denis Glover. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1941. (collected in the unpublished The Cactus Sign)

"New Zealand: An Answer to an Inquiry." Horizon VIII, no. 45, 1943, 153–61.

"The Big Bang." In Modern Short Stories, edited by Denys Val Baker. London: Staples & Staples, 1943. (collected in Five Months Further / Anna Kavan's New Zealand)

"Two New Zealand Pieces." In Choice, edited by William Sansom. London: Progressive Publishing, 1946. (presumably collected in Five Months Further / Anna Kavan's New Zealand)

"Brave New Worlds" In Horizon, edited by Cyril Connolly. London, 1946. Subtitled "The Professor".

"The Red Dogs." In Penguin New Writing, Vol. 37, edited by John Lehmann. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1949.
Also in: In Pleasures of New Writing: An Anthology of Poems, Stories, and Other Prose Pieces from the Pages of New Writing, edited by John Lehmann. London: John Lehmann, 1952.

"Edge of Panic." In Vogue, 1 October 1971, 75–83.

All of the Horizon material, including Kavan's reviews of the likes of Woolf and Huxley, can be found in a trove of PDFs here.


message 20: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell (the_red_shoes) | 43 comments Nate D wrote: "All of the Horizon material, including Kavan's reviews of the likes of Woolf and Huxley, can be found in a trove of PDFs here. "

Ohhh WOW. I love her too, but never saw that.


message 21: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments I only just found it while trying to hunt down the uncollected stories this afternoon. I haven't even had a chance to read them yet, but it's incredible that they're there!


message 22: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan (nathandjoe) | 47 comments Oh wow - thanks for finding that! What an amazing resource...


message 23: by Emilie (new)

Emilie thanks nate!


message 24: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments To any who have desired to see or even purchase any of Kavan's visual art, a number of originals have appeared on Abebooks.




message 25: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell (the_red_shoes) | 43 comments To any who have desired to see or even purchase any of Kavan's visual art, a number of originals have appeared on Abebooks.



OH WOW.


message 26: by Nate D (last edited May 28, 2013 09:20PM) (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Since this has basically become my own Anna Kavan blog at this point (and possibly the most active and up-to-date source of Anna Kavan information on the web), maybe I should just actually collect all this information in its own blog of all things Kavan-related.

I'll keep posting here as well, but I think I'm going to gradually move everything over to a permanent home on tumblr. To these ends: housesofsleep.tumblr.com


message 27: by Emilie (new)

Emilie yay! anna kavanalia tumblr by nate! i hope that you'll post that first image of the chase, i love that, it feels right out of ice.


message 28: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Absolutely.


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim FYI, we'll be reading and discussing two of Kavan's books over in the Brain Pain group.


Asylum Piece beginning on February 10th

and

Ice beginning on February 24th

Please drop by and join the discussions...


message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jesstrea) | 296 comments thanks for the heads-up, Jim!


message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim Jessica wrote: "thanks for the heads-up, Jim!"

de nada...

join in if you have the time


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

wow, she has more stuff than i realized. i've only read four (asylum piece, ice, julia & the bazooka, parson) but her style is really appealing to me. i've seen some of her paintings & like them a lot. is her work as helen ferguson especially different from her work as kavan?


message 33: by Nate D (new)

Nate D (rockhyrax) | 120 comments Quite. There's a definite continuity, but she altered her style and became more experimental from Asylum Piece on.


message 34: by Zach (last edited Sep 26, 2021 06:43PM) (new)

Zach | 1 comments Lily wrote: "The four Kavan's short stories from Francis Booth's book are: Carla's Game, Married Love, The Winter Wind and The Inner Light.

Booth's comments to me are more like summarising the plot of each boo..."


Does any one have an idea where this (particularly the stories Lily mentioned) can be read online? It looks like Lulu no longer has it :(

I recently tracked down a print version of Booth's "criticisms" (definitely more summaries) but unfortunately none of the stories mentioned by Lily (i.e. no Kavan stories) were present in the printed edition.


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