Ann Quin

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AQ was one of the less-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.
Evenson, Brian, and Ann Quin. “Introduction”. Three, Dalkey Archive, 2001, p. vii - xiii.
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Gordon, Giles, editor. Beyond the Words. Hutchinson, 1975.
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Milestones

17 March 1936
AQ was born in Brighton, Sussex; her mother was unmarried at the time.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Quin, Ann. “Introduction”. The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments, edited by Jennifer Hodgson, And Other Stories, 2018, pp. 7 - 12.
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1964
AQ published Berg, her first and most successful novel, with John Calder . She wrote it, like its rejected predecessor, as secretary at an art college.
OCLC WorldCat.
Quin, Ann. The Unmapped Country. Stories and Fragments. Hodgson, JenniferEditor , And Other Stories, 2018.
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August 1973
AQ , aged thirty-seven, drowned off the coast of Sussex, between Brighton and Shoreham.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Sewell, Brocard, and Colin Wilson. Like Black Swans: Some People and Themes. Tabb House, 1982.
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Biography

Birth and Family

17 March 1936
AQ was born in Brighton, Sussex; her mother was unmarried at the time.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Quin, Ann. “Introduction”. The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments, edited by Jennifer Hodgson, And Other Stories, 2018, pp. 7 - 12.
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