Guide to the Anais Nin Collection

Collection Title: Anais Nin Collection
Dates: 1925-1964
Identification: MS 14
Creator: Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977
Extent: 11 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Anaïs Nin Collection contains manuscripts, proofs and galleys to much of Ms. Nin's writing from 1925-1964. Included are early unpublished works, short stories, unfinished novels and plays, and various stages of major works, namely, Under a Glass Bell, House of Incest, Winter of Artifice, Children of the Albatross, Ladders to Fire, Spy in the House of Love, Collages and Seduction of the Minotaur. Her first critical book, D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study, is also here. Much of the material has been proof-read by Henry Miller and has his notes.
Acquisition Information: The materials in the Nin Collection were acquired from Anaïs Nin between 1952 and 1964. The series of correspondence between her and Northwestern University Library staff from 1951-1974 has also been processed as part of the collection. The contents of folders 1-8 in the Series 9 addition, Box 11, which includes all correspondence by Nin and Ian Hugo to Myron Wood, Edward Titus, and "Marcia" were purchased October 1969. The letter found in folder 9 from Nin to Robert Kirsch, ca. 1966, was purchased May 2011. Ian Hugo's 1946 letter to Oscar Baradinsky in folder 10 was purchased in 2010.
Processing Information: Processed by Nancy Zee in 1973 and revised by Ellen V. Howe in 1976. Holograph corrections and comments in the original finding aide were made by Anaïs Nin's biographer Noel Riley Fitch in 1991. Revisions to the encoded finding aid were made by Sigrid Pohl Perry in February 2006.The entire collection has been microfilmed and a copy of the master may be ordered.Addition processed by Benn P. Joseph, 2011.
Conditions Governing Use: Copyright for materials resides with the literary executors of Anaïs Nin. All users must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Conditions Governing Access: Available for research.
Preferred Citation: Anaïs Nin Collection, Manuscript Series XIV, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library
Repository: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Biographical/Historical Information

Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903-January 14, 1977) was born in Neuilly, France, but moved to New York City with her mother and brothers after her parents separated. She abandoned formal education to work as a model. In 1923 she married Hugh Parker Guiler, moved to Paris with him, and embarked on her writing career. Her first published work was a critical study of D.H. Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study. Nin began writing erotica in the 1940s, the most famous of which was Delta of Venus. She wrote explicitly about her fantasies as well as her sexual experiences in extensive diaries which spanned nearly six decades, including details about intimate friendships and passionate relationships with leading literary figures including Henry Miller, Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal, James Agee, and Lawrence Durrell. After her death, her second husband, Rupert Pole, arranged for the unexpurgated publication of her diaries which became more acclaimed than any of her other writing.

Scope and Content

The Anaïs Nin Collection contains manuscripts, proofs and galleys to much of Ms. Nin's writing from 1925-1964. Included are early unpublished works, short stories, unfinished novels and plays, and various stages of major works, namely, Under a Glass Bell, House of Incest, Winter of Artifice, Children of the Albatross, Ladders to Fire, Spy in the House of Love, Collages and Seduction of the Minotaur. Her first critical book, D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study, is also here. Much of the material has been proof-read by Henry Miller and has his notes.

The McCormick Library also holds additional Anaïs Nin correspondence which is not a part of this collection.

Subjects

Personal Name

Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930

Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977


Container List / Contents

  • Early unpublished material
    • Versions of John NovelBox 1, Folder 1
      • Part 1. “Second Novel First Version of John Novel.”, 1929Box 1, Folder 1
          Scope and Contents: Typewritten beneath: “She saw a very wide circle being traced around her. It was made of flames. Its circuitous route has encompassed 2 men with her. She was emprisoned.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [72pp.]
      • Part 2. “2nd Version of Novel I/John Novel.” Typescript. [20pp.]Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 3. “M.S. Corrected by Henry. 2nd Version” Corrected typescript and holograph. [32pp.]Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 4. “Final version of John Novel revised by H.V.M. [Miller] The Rot.”Box 1, Folder 1
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and carbons of pages, both included and missing. [118pp.]
      • Part 5. “Tishnar”. Typescript. [3pp.] (Carbon in F.2, 14)Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 6. Untitled. Second version of “Woman No Man Could Hold” or a first draft of “John Novel” ? [50pp.]Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 7. “One Hundred Years Later.” Corrected typescript. [6pp.]Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 8. “She and Norman.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [40pp. ]Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 9. see folder 1, part 4, pp. 78 & 85Box 1, Folder 1
      • Part 10. “First Version of Woman No Man Could Hold.”Box 1, Folder 1
          Scope and Contents: Includes fragments of John Novel and other material in this folder. Corrected typescript and holograph. [80pp.]
    • “First short stories /1927/1928/1929”, 1925-26, August 1936Box 1, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Also some stories of 1930's as “Waste of Timelessness,” which, according to Nin, was based on a dream in The Diary II.
      • Part 1. “A Dangerous Perfume.” Typescript. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 2. “A Dangerous Perfume.” Typescript. [6pp. includes title page]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 3. “The Idealist.” Typescript. [9pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 4. “The Idealist.” Typescript. [6pp., 3 pages missing]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 5. “A Slippery Floor.” Signed: “Melisandra” (a pseudonym). Typescript. [26pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 6. “Faithfulness./Anais.” Corrected typescript. [10pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 7. “Faithfulness.” Typescript. [9pp., no title page]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 8. “The Russian Who Did Not Believe in Miracles. And Why.” Typescript. [6pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 9. “Waste of Timelessness.” Typescript. 7pp.Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 10. “Waste of Timelessness.” Typescript with corrections, and handwritten at end: “Appearing in ‘La Revue Nouvelle, Paris’”. [8pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 11. “The Gypsy Feeling!” Typescript. [6pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 12. “On Being the Womb.” Typescript. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 13. “A Spoiled Party.” Typescript. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 14. “Tishnar.” Typescript.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Duplicate of story in Box 1, Folder 1, Part 5. [3pp.]
      • Part 15. “The Peacock Feathers.” Corrected holograph. [22pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 16. “Studio 28/SUR/Realism.” Corrected typescript. [2pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 17. “Alchemy.” Typescript. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 18. “Alchemy.” Same as above but with annotation, “(Mielordorus: A word of doubtful alchemy from laboratory of J. Joyce.)”Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 19. “The Fear of Nice.” Typescript. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 20. “The Fear of Nice/by Melisandra.” Typescript, with changes from Part 19. [5pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 21. Untitled., Aug., 1929Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Handwritten: “Aug. 1929.” First line: “The Journal has been for so long the companion of man that it has taken on quite a human character.” Corrected typescript. [8pp.]
      • Part 22. Untitled.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: First line: “They met after 8 years of separation.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [17pp.]
      • Part 23. Untitled.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: First line: “She wanted/Red roses, red roses.” Corrected typescript. [3pp.]
      • Part 24. Untitled.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: First line: “She discovered that there was something unusual about herself…” Corrected typescript. [13pp.]
      • Part 25. Same as no. 24 with 3 pages missing.Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 26. “The Dance Which Could not be Danced.” Corrected typescript. [4pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 27. Untitled. First line: “My little one not born yet, I feel your small feet kicking against my womb.” Typescript. [10pp.]Box 1, Folder 2
      • Part 28. Untitled.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: First line: “Time is not for one's self, it belongs to the other.” Typescript. [1p.]
      • Part 29.Box 1, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Xerox of list in Lawrence ms. and notes, Box 8, Folder 1, showing stories and articles as “published” or not.
      • Part 30. Cover for Folder 2.Box 1, Folder 2
    • First novel, variations and fragmentsBox 2, Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: Written supposedly (see interview w/Nin in ) at age 19. One fragment entitled, “An Artist's Model.” [Total of these pages, 412]
    • “Unfinished Novel”, 1928Box 2, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [Total, 90pp.]
    • “Play”Box 2, Folder 3
        Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript plus holograph. [Total pages, 28]
  • Under a Glass Bell, House of Incest, D.H. Lawrence
      Note:  See Box 8
    • “Houseboat"Box 3, Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: In pencil, “Under a Glass Bell.” Corrected holograph and typescript in original folder. [55pp.]
    • “House of Incest. Final Version”Box 3, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Typescript with one correction. In original folder. [52pp.]
    • “Early Versions of House of Incest”Box 3, Folder 3
        Scope and Contents: Original folder.
      • Part 1. “First writing of Alraune corrected by H.V.M. (Miller).”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript. [20pp.]
      • Part 2. “First Draft of Three Alraunes of Thousand and One Nights of Montparnasse.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Typescript. [20pp.]
      • Part 3. “Alraune/Corrections by H.V.M. (Miller).”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript. [5pp.]
      • Part 4. “First Draft of Alraune/House of Incest.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [60pp.]
      • Part 5. “Alraune.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Typescript. Inside: “Alraune One.” [3pp.]
      • Part 6. “Henry V. Miller/Copy II/Uncorrected Copy of Three Alraunes or Thousand and One Nights of Montparnasse.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [69pp.]
      • Part 7. “Uncorrected Copy of Alraune.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [69pp.]
      • Part 8. “Rough Version of Alraune.”Box 3, Folder 3
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. This is original manuscript for that of Part 4, above, but with variations. [72pp.]
    • “First Versions of House of Incest”Box 3, Folder 4
        Scope and Contents: Original folder.
      • Part 1. “Prologue.”Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Upper right: “First draft.” Typescript. [2pp.]
      • Part 2. “Alraune Two.”Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Upper right: “first draft of Alraune II.” Typescript. [2pp.]
      • Part 3. “Alraune 3.”Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [32pp.].
      • Part 4. “Adventures of the Self.”Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [11pp.] Several incomplete fragments.
      • Part 5. “Alraune/Alraune III and Astrologer.”Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Written across 2nd page: “Alraune III/Born/Adventures in Water/ Wild dances/With Paralytic/With Artaud.” Holograph. [10pp.]
      • Part 6. Untitled.Box 3, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [70pp.]
    • “Early Versions of House of Incest”Box 3, Folder 5
        Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and original folder. [48pp.]
    • “House of Incest"Box 4, Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript. [40pp.]
    • “House of Incest/First Version”Box 4, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Original folder.
      • Part 1. “First draft of scenario. Alraune.”Box 4, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Unpublished novel of Rab, Alraune, Mandra? See Box 3, F. 1–2 also. Corrected typescript. [13pp.]
      • Part 2. Untitled. Sections.Box 4, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Includes a portion by Miller. Corrected typescript [85pp.]
      • Part 3. Untitled.Box 4, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript. [19pp.]
      • Part 4. “Last changes made on Ms. Before last version of June Henry novel mailed to Bradley…with corrections by H.V.M.”Box 4, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Next page: “Third version of Novel corrected by Henry.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [109pp.]
    • “The Labyrinth/First Version corrected by Henry Miller”Box 4, Folder 3
        Scope and Contents: Next page: “first version corrected by H/Paper Womb.” Bottom of page: “Under a Glass Bell.” Corrected typescript [7pp.]
    • Three galley proofs of E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. New York., 1948Box 4, Folder 4
    • Under a Glass Bell and Other Stories, 1948Box 4, Folder 5
        Scope and Contents: Uncorrected proof copy. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. New York.
    • Press copy of Under a Glass Bell and Other Stories, 1948Box 4, Folder 6
        Scope and Contents: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. New York. Corrected typescript. [281pp.]
  • Winter of Artifice
      Note:  Although labeled as “Winter of Artifice” by Miss Nin, the following folders contain unpublished novel, Rab/Alraune/Mandra (per Ms. Van Der Elst). See Box 2a, F. 7, part 4 also. [Folders 1 & 2 below]
    • “First Version of Winter of Article. (Obelisk. Edition, ) Part one. Corrected by Henry Miller.” Corrected typescript. [140pp.], 1939Box 5, Folder 1
    • “Pages Written of my Novel/Anais-he Novel First Version of June-Henry Novel./Second version Corrected by H.V.M./ Winter of Artifice.” Written on cover.Box 5, Folder 2
      • Part 1. “Novel First Version Corrected by H.V. Miller.”Box 5, Folder 2
          Scope and Contents: Back of p. 1: “First Version of Winter of Artifice, pt. one blue folder [corr. by H.M. (Miller), i.e. Box 3, F. 1.
      • Part 2. “Second Version made in Les Marronniers", February 1934Box 5, Folder 2
    • “Winter of Artifice (What if Left Out of Novels–First Version proofread by Henry (and notes)).” Corrected typescript and holograph. [124pp.]Box 5, Folder 3
    • Part 1. “First Draft of Father M.S.” On next page: “First draft of Introduction to Diary.” Typescript and holograph. [39pp.]Box 5, Folder 4
      • Part 2. Draft of The Father Ms. Corrected typescript. [20pp.]Box 5, Folder 4
          Note:  Father Ms. corresponds to the story of Winter of Artiface in editions subsequent to the 1939 Obelisk edition.
      • Part 3. “First Version of Father book, Nov. 1935Box 5, Folder 4
          Scope and Contents: Corrected typescript and holograph. [109pp.]
    • Draft of Father Ms. Typescript. [121pp.]Box 5, Folder 5
    • “The Winter of Artifice.” Typescript. [106pp.]Box 5, Folder 6
    • “Winter of Artifice.” Written inside: “Our Father.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [139pp.]Box 5, Folder 7
  • Children of the Albatross
    • “Next to last version of Children of the Albatross.”Box 6, Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: Inside: “Cities of the Interior.” Corrected typescript. [168pp.]
    • “Children of the Albatross.” Typescript. [156pp.]Box 6, Folder 2
    • “Children of the Albatross. Corrected by William Burford.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [173pp.]Box 6, Folder 3
    • “Children of the Albatross. Corrected by Hugo.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [159pp.]Box 6, Folder 4
    • “Children of the Albatross.” Typescript. [154pp.]Box 6, Folder 5
    • “First Draft Cities of the Interior to become Children of the Albatross.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [112pp.]Box 6, Folder 6
    • Children of the Albatross., 1947Box 6, Folder 7
        Scope and Contents: Press copy. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 165pp.
    • Galley proofs of "Children of the Albatross.", 1947Box 6, Folder 8
        Scope and Contents: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
  • Ladders to Fire, Four Chambered Heart
    • Versions of Ladders to Fire.Both versions include Hedja story found in Gemor Press, , New York., 1945Box 7, Folder 1
        Scope and Contents: Both versions include Hedja story found in Gemor Press, New York.
      • Part 1. Typescript. [237pp.]Box 7, Folder 1
      • Part 2. Typescript. [202pp. with missing section]Box 7, Folder 1
    • “First Version Four Chambered Heart.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [128pp.]Box 7, Folder 2
    • “Four Chambered Heart.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [128pp.]Box 7, Folder 3
    • “Four Chambered Heart.” Corrected typescript. [103pp.]Box 7, Folder 4
  • Spy in the House of Love, Solar Barque and Seduction of the Minotaur
    • “First Version of . . Sierra Madre.” [108pp.], 1952Box 8, Folder 1
    • “Second Version Spy in the House of Love.” Typescript. [148pp.]Box 8, Folder 2
    • “Third Version of Spy in the House of Love. Sierra.”, 1952Box 8, Folder 3
    • “Final Version of Spy in the House of Love.” Corrected typescript and holograph. [109pp.]Box 8, Folder 4
    • “A Scream Through the Eye of a Statue.”, 1956Box 8, Folder 5
        Scope and Contents: First page: “First Version of Solar Bark .” Corrected typescript. [117pp.]
    • “Solar Barque.” Corrected typescript. [123pp.], 1958Box 8, Folder 6
    • “Seduction of the Minotaur.” Corrected typescript. [132pp.], August 1960Box 8, Folder 7
        Note:  Although labeled “Seduction…” by A.N., the text actually breaks down as follows: (per Ms. Van der Elst): pp. 1–62 = second part of Seduction of the Minotaur; pp. 63–92 = Sabina/Jay; pp. 93–[106] = Sabina/Pirre; pp. 107–122 = Rango/Zora/Djuna and houseboat; pp. 123–132 = Paris Scope and Contents: Finished August 1960. Corrected typescript. [132pp.]
  • Collages
    • Untitled typescript. [150pp.]Box 9, Folder 1
    • “Untitled.”, 1963, 1964Box 9, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: “To be published by Alan Swallow.” Typescript. [191pp.]
    • “1963. Tentatively titled Accident Collages. Working title was Under a Glass Bell U.S.A.” [1989]Box 9, Folder 3
    • Incomplete corrected galley proof for Collages.Box 9, Folder 4
        Scope and Contents: [p. 16 missing]
    • Corrected galley proofs of Collages., 1964Box 9, Folder 5
  • D.H. Lawrence, An Unprofessional Study. “Realism and Reality.”
    • “M.S. of D.H. Lawrence.” Assorted notes and rough drafts of chapters. Also: two articles on Lawrence, plus four on other authors.Box 10, Folder 1
    • Uncorrected page proof of D.H. Lawrence, Neville Spearman, London., 1961Box 10, Folder 2
    • Incomplete corrected galley of D.H. Lawrence, Alan Swallow, Denver., 1964Box 10, Folder 3
    • Page proof of D.H. Lawrence, Alan Swallow, Denver., 1964Box 10, Folder 4
    • “Realism and Reality.”, February, 1944Box 10, Folder 5
        Scope and Contents: Original Ms. Typescript, 8pp. with pencil corrections. Also signed letter to Oscar Baradinsky from Nin about this college “lecture” and her enclosure about her “printing experience,” typescript 2pp. Folder also includes article on Anais Nin from “Current Biography”.
    • An exchange of letters with librarians at Northwestern University Library regarding the Nin collection. 49 letters from Anais Nin, 1952–1974. 50 letters to or about Anais Nin, 1951–1974.Box 10, Folder 6
        Scope and Contents: Continues to Folder 7.
  • Addition: Miscellaneous, 1931-1969
    • Correspondence between Anaïs Nin and her publisher, Edward Titus, regarding her study of D.H. Lawrence, 1931-1934Box 11, Folder 1
    • Anaïs Nin to Myron Wood [10 letters], 1944-1947Box 11, Folder 2
    • Correspondence, programs, and press release, 1953-1954Box 11, Folder 3
      • Ian Hugo to Myron Wood [4 letters], 1953-1954Box 11, Folder 3
      • Program, three films by Ian Hugo and Anaïs Nin, Feb. 1-2, 1954Box 11, Folder 3
      • Press release, AI-YE film by Ian Hugo, n.d.Box 11, Folder 3
    • Anaïs Nin to Myron Wood [11 letters], 1957-1959Box 11, Folder 4
    • Anaïs Nin to Myron Wood [9 letters], 1962-1963Box 11, Folder 5
    • Anaïs Nin to Myron Wood [9 letters], 1964-1966Box 11, Folder 6
    • Anaïs Nin to "Marcia", n.d.Box 11, Folder 7
    • Oliver Evans, "Anaïs Nin and the Conquest of Inner Space", July 3, 1962Box 11, Folder 8
    • Anaïs Nin to Robert Kirsch, ca. 1966Box 11, Folder 9
    • Ian Hugo to Oscar Baradinsky, Aug. 8, 1946Box 11, Folder 10