Currently reading.

Currently reading – A Stranger on Earth: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan. Born in 1901, Anna Kavan was a British aristocrat, heroin addict, and one of the great literary enigmas of the twentieth century. Most of the biographical information I have found about her conflicts with other sources. Anna Kavan wasn’t even her real name – it was Helen Woods. She stole the name “Anna Kavan” from a character in one of her own books. But she wanted to be a mystery, considered herself a fictional character. She and her work are endlessly strange.

Currently reading

Currently reading – A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines. Ernest James Gaines was an African-American writer born to Louisiana sharecroppers in 1933. This book is based on the true story of a young black man sentenced to death by electric chair in the 1940s. Gaines died in 2019.