Ann Quin was one of the little-known English experimental writers of the 1960s. She has been likened to Graham Greene, Nathalie Sarraute, Samuel Beckett, Robert Creeley, Virginia Woolf, and Anna Kavan, among others. Such a spectrum of comparisons indicates both her originality and the difficulty she poses to critics who would place her neatly in standard categories. Over her short career, she produced four novels that enjoy a small but diligent following. Though each of these displays increasing formal innovation, certain themes persist through all of them, including searching and stalking, triangular relationships, and the fragility of identity.