Ice

TitleIce
Year for Search1967
Authors[Woods], [Helen Emily](1901-68)
Tertiary AuthorsAnna Kavan [pseud.]
Date Published1967
PublisherPeter Owen
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Female author
Annotation

Authoritarian dystopia set in a new ice age. Surrealistic novel in which the unnamed narrator searches through the ice fields for a woman held captive by a man known as the Warden. The ice is also generally interpreted as a metaphor for the author’s addition to heroin. The English female author was born in France; her first six books were published as by Helen Ferguson, after which she used Anna Kavan for all her books and in her personal life and changed her name legally. She was also known as Helen Woods Edmond.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. London: Picador, 1970; London: Peter Owen, 1997; London: Peter Owen, 2006 with a foreword by Christopher Priest (unpaged); in My Madness: The Selected Writings of Anna Kavan. Ed. Brian W[ilson] Aldiss (London: Picador, 1990), 199-318; and as The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Penguin Books, 2017, with a “Foreword” by Jonathan Lethem (vii-x) and an “Afterword” by Kate Zambreno (183-93). 

Pseudonym

Anna Kavan [pseud.]

Holding Institutions

L, Merril

Author Note

The English female author (1901-68) was born in France; her first six books were published as by Helen Ferguson, after which she used Anna Kavan for all her books and in her personal life. She was also known as Helen Woods Edmond.

Full Text

1967 [Woods, Helen Emily] (1901-68). Ice. London: Peter Owen. By Anna Kavan [pseud.]. Rpt. London: Picador, 1970; London: Peter Owen, 1997; London: Peter Owen, 2006 with a “Foreword” by Christopher Priest (unpaged); and as The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Penguin Books, 2017, with a “Foreword” by Jonathan Lethem (vii-x) and an “Afterword” by Kate Zambreno (183-93)in My Madness: The Selected Writings of Anna Kavan. Ed. Brian W[ilson] Aldiss (London: Picador, 1990), 199-318. L, Merril

Authoritarian dystopia set in a new ice age. Surrealistic novel in which the unnamed narrator searches through the ice fields for a woman held captive by a man known as the Warden. The ice is also generally interpreted as a metaphor for the author’s addition to heroin. The English female author was born in France; her first six books were published as by Helen Ferguson, after which she used Anna Kavan for all her books and in her personal life and changed her name legally. She was also known as Helen Woods Edmond.