1970, Anna Kavan, Julia and the Bazooka, First Edition


Anna Kavan now stands alongside Virginia Woolf as one of Britain’s great 20th-century modernists.

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Anna Kavan

Julia and the Bazooka


Published by Peter Owen in London in 1970

First Rare Edition

Pages 157 Pages

Original Hard Binding with Dust Jacket

DJ with signs of age and use

The book in excellent condition!


Anna Kavan was born “Helen Emily Woods” in France on April 10, 1901 to wealthy expatriate British parents. Her initial six works were published under the name of Helen Ferguson, her first married name. These early novels gave little indication of the experimental and disturbing nature of her later work. I Am Lazarus (1945), a collection of short stories which explored the inner mindscape of the psychological explorer, heralded the new style and content of Kavan’s writing. The change in her writing style and physical appearance coincided with a mental breakdown. During this time, Helen also renamed herself Anna Kavan after a character in her own novel Let Me Alone. Around 1926 Anna became addicted to heroin. Her addiction has been described as an attempt to self-medicate rather than recreational. Kavan made no apologies for her heroin usage. She is popularly supposed to have died of a heroin overdose. In fact she died in 1968 of heart failure, though she had attempted suicide several times during her life.

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