Smack from the shrink

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Anna Kavan

The novelist Anna Kavan, writes Dalrymple,

was for many years dependent on Karl Theodor Bluth, a psychiatrist who had been an exile from Nazi Germany and came to live in England. She found in him a soul mate, and it was he who supplied her, legally, with her heroin, sometimes injecting her with it. Bluth was himself a writer, having published essays in Cyril Connolly’s Horizon and a book on the philosophy of Leibnitz.

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Anna Kavan, Portrait of Dr Karl Theodor Bluth, gouache on paper, c.1963

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