Anaïs Nin


January 21, 2022

Anaïs Nin (Neuilly-sur-Seine, February 21, 1903 - Los Angeles, January 14, 1977) was a Franco-American writer of Cuban-Catalan and Danish descent, known for her Diaries of Anaïs Nin, who wrote from twelve years and comprising a period of forty years. Much of his work was published posthumously, such as Delta of Venus and Little Birds. The uncensored version of her diaries was only published after her death and that of her husband.


Anaïs Nin was the daughter of the Danish and Cuban-French opera singer Rosa Culmell i Vaurigaud, and the Cuban pianist and composer of Catalan descent, Joaquim Nin i Castellanos, and the sister of the Cuban-Catalan composer Joaquim Nin Culmell. She was born in Neuilly-sur- Seine, a wealthy suburb of Paris, on February 21, 1903. In 1905, the family made a long trip to Cuba (where their second son, Thorvald, a future businessman) was born, and then returned to Paris and moved. to a smaller house in Saint-Cloud. In 1908, they moved to Berlin, where their younger brother, Joaquim Nin Culmell, was born, and in 1909 they moved to Uccle, a suburb of Brussels. In 1913, after an illness of Anaïs, the family moved to Arcachon, on the Atlantic coast of France, where the climate was more benign. That same year, the father left his mother for another woman and told her to go to Barcelona, ​​where Rosa Culmell and her children lived for a time in the in-laws' house. In 1914, the mother, Anaïs and her two brothers set sail for New York aboard the Montserrat to live near the future writer's maternal aunt. On that trip, at age 11, Nin would begin writing his diary, which began in French and ended in English. That year, Anaïs enrolled in the Municipal Library, NYPL, and read voraciously, beginning methodically with the letter A. As a teenager, Anaïs dropped out of school and began working as a mannequin (model for painters). In 1923, she married Hugh Parker Guiler. The following year they settled in Paris, where they lived until the late 1930s and where Guiler continued his banking career. From then on, Nin immersed himself in writing. His first published work was a critical evaluation of D. H. Lawrence entitled D. H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study, which he wrote in just sixteen days. He also explored the field of psychotherapy studying mainly with Otto Rank, a disciple of Jung. She is also appreciated for her erotic works. Before her, very few women had ventured into this literary field. Nin, facing serious financial problems in the 1940s, began writing erotic and pornographic narrative along with Henry Miller and other friends of his for an anonymous person for a dollar a page, a bit like a joke. (There is no consensus as to whether Miller actually wrote these stories or just allowed his name to be used in them.) Nin considered the characters in his erotic work to be extreme caricatures and never intended for these texts to be published. But in the early 1970's he changed his mind and allowed works such as Delta of Venus and Little Birds to be published. Her style, outrageously explicit for the time, places particular emphasis on female bisexuality, a sexual orientation with which Nin herself was very tolerant. Nin was a friend and lover of many important literary figures, including Henry Miller, Antonin Artaud, Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal, James Agee, and Lawrence Durrell. His passionate affair and friendship with Miller and his wife June greatly influenced Nin as a woman and as a writer. In 1990 Philip Kaufman directed a film based on his novel Henry & June, from his Journal of Love - The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin 1931-1932, with Mar

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