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Nin Anaïs
(1903 - 1977) France - U.S.A.

Nin Anais

Novelist, and diarist

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Bisexual French-born author of Spanish-Cuban heritage, her father abandoned the family when Nin was ten years old but she had already been abused by him. She was brought to the U.S. at age of 11, lived there intermittently thereafter.

In 1923 Nin married Hugh Guiler and they lived in Paris from then until 1939. In 1940 she became a prominent member of the Greenwich Village literary society in New York. Her life became complicated when, in 1931, she met and fell in love with, first, Henry Miller's wife June and, then, with Miller himself.

Her extensive and impressionistic diaries (150 volumes, 1966-76), reflect her interest in dreams, which along with psychoanalysis form recurring themes of her gently erotic novels. Her intermittent relationships with women, and her openness towards sexual self-determination, made her interesting for a lesbian readership.

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Work:

  • D.H. Lawrence, An Unprofessional Study (1932)
  • The House of Incest (1936)
  • Winter of Artifice (1939)
  • Under a Glass Bell (1944)
  • This Hunger (1945)
  • Realism and Reality (1946)
  • Ladders to Fire (1946)
  • On Writing (1947)
  • The Four-Chambered Heart (1950)
  • A Spy in the House of Love (1954)
  • Cities of the Interior (1959)
  • Collages (1964)
  • Diary (1966-76, 6 volumes)
  • The Novel of the Future (1968)
  • Delta of Venus (1968)
  • A woman Speaks (1975)
  • In Favor of the Sensitive Man (1976)
  • Linotte (1978, diary of her 11 to 17 years of age)
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