Northwestern

Nin, Anais Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 14

Dates

  • 1925-1964 (Creation)

Extents

  • 11 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Notes

  • 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 Included are early unpublished works, short stories, unfinished novels and plays, and various stages of major works, namely, Under a Glass Bell, House of Incest, Winter of Artifice, Children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.

  • Biographical 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.

  • 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

  • Scope and Contents

    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.

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