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Anna Kavan is primarily a novelist and short story writer of the first half of the twentieth century, who based her writing quite closely on her life. In her writing, as well as in her life, there is a schism between the early novels, written as 'Helen Ferguson', and the later ones, written as Anna Kavan. When she took on the persona AK, based on one of her early characters, she wrote more boldly and brashly in content and style than she had done heretofore. AK's novels tend to revamp episodes from her unhappy childhood and from her excruciating first marriage.
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10 April 1901 AK was born Helen Woods, an only child, at Les Délices, Cannes.  Bibliographic Citation link.
11 July 1929 AK published her first novel, A Charmed Circle, under her actual married name of Helen Ferguson. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early December 1968 AK died in London of fatty myocardial degeneration, a common condition among habitual heroin users that leads to heart failure. Bibliographic Citation link.
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