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Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977



  • Existence: 1903 - 1977

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.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Anais Nin Collection

Identifier: MS14
Abstract The Anaïs Nin Collection contains manuscripts, proofs and galleys for much of 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 Included are early unpublished works, short stories, unfinished novels and plays, and various stages of major works, namely, Under a Glass Bell, House of Incest, Winter of Artifice, Children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, ...
Dates: 1925-1964

Sharon Spencer Papers

Identifier: MS183
Abstract Sharon Spencer (1933-2002) was a writer, professor and Anaïs Nin scholar. Her papers include correspondence, photographs, and writings (draft, offprint, and typescript).
Dates: 1970 - 2003