Anais Nin (1903-1977) was born in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, near Paris, and was the daughter of a renowned pianist and composer, Joaquin Nin. Abandoned by her father in 1913, she and her family traveled to New York, where she began her now famous diary, comprised of some 35,000 pages over a period of six decades. When the first volume of 'The Diary of Anais Nin' was published in 1966, it began Nin's meteoric surge to fame. However, often overlooked are the works of fiction she created, beginning with 'The House of Incest' in 1936, which was followed by a then-banned edition of a collection of novellas under the title 'The Winter of Artifice.' This original edition has been republished for the first time in 2007. Perhaps Nin's most acclaimed fiction is the series of short stories in 'Under a Glass Bell,' which she self-published in New York during the 1940s when no commercial publisher would take the risk. She then began a series of novels that were interconnected and finally collected into one volume entitled 'Cities of the Interior.' Her final novel was 'Collages,' about which Henry Miller said, "Even the finest collages fall apart with time; these will not."
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The Novel of the Future
Anais Nin's revolutionary writing theory, contained in one book, is as relevant today as it was in 1968, when it was first published. A blueprint for young writers everywhere.
Stella is inspired by Anais Nin's friendship with actress Luise Rainer and has been called one of Nin's "most thoroughly realized performances. She has taken the timeworn theme of the possessive female and examined it through her microscopic lens from new and interesting angles."
Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1947
Mirages is the fifth installment of the unexpurgated version of Anais Nin's famous diary. It opens at the dawn of World War II when Nin has arrived in New York after fleeing France, and it closes just after she meets the man who would become her most fiery lover, Rupert Pole. In between was a time of personal hell, incredible creativity, and many relationships, including one with Gore Vidal.
Cities of the Interior
Cities of the Interior is a collection of Anais Nin's five major novels, Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, and Seduction of the Minotaur. Written in modernist prose, Cities explores the psychological and sexual dramas lived out by their fractured characters, each of whom seek to become whole through their experiences.
D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study
Anais Nin's first book, published in 1932 by Edward Titus in Paris, was a critical examination of the work of controversial British author D. H. Lawrence. Of all the books written about Lawrence, his widow Frieda said this one "was the best." Nin was inspired to do the book after Lawrence had been villified by puritanical critics.
Collages is Anaïs Nin’s last work of fiction, and is, as the title suggests, a collection of interwoven stories. Collages is Nin’s most light-hearted writing, and, in that sense, is perhaps her most entertaining book. As Henry Miller commented, “The best of collages fall apart with time; these will not.”
Seduction of the Minotaur
Seduction of the Minotaur is an example of Anaïs Nin’s most mature and cohesive fiction. The central character, Lillian, arrives in exotically primitive Mexico from New York, in part to forget her crumbling marriage and to find flow in her life after years of arrest. She befriends Dr. Hernandez, who is also trying to forget, and their friendship ends in both tragedy and enlightenment.
The Four-Chambered Heart
The Four-Chambered Heart, Anais Nin's third title in the Cities of the Interior series of novels, is one of Nin's most compelling books, with well-defined characters (Djuna, Rango, and Zora), rhythmic waves of tension, and a powerful climax.
Children of the Albatross
Children of the Albatross is considered by critics to be one of Anaïs Nin’s most beautifully written books; it is also a groundbreaker in that it eloquently addresses androgyny and homosexuality, which few literary works dared to do in 1940s America.
The Winter of Artifice, 1939 edition
Anais Nin's second work of fiction, The Winter of Artifice, was, according to Nin, her only banned book. Published in France in 1939, it consisted of 3 novellas, each of which fictionalized an important event in Nin's life: her affair with Henry and June Miller ("Hans and Johanna"), her incestuous relationship with her father ("Lilith"), and her relationship with Otto Rank ("The Voice").
Ladders to Fire
Ladders to Fire, Anaïs Nin’s first full-length novel, was revolutionary in that it addressed woman’s role in a male-dominated world in the mid-1940s. Through her iconic characters Lillian, Djuna, and Sabina, and their relationship with Jay, Nin was able to examine “the destruction in woman…woman’s struggle to understand her own nature.”
A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal--Volumes 1-8
A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal is the only current publication dedicated to the life and work of Anais Nin, including Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, and several leading artists of the 20th century. This set contains all 8 issues, from 2003 to the present, with excerpts from Nin's unpublished diary, letters to/from her father, and work by noted authors such as Janet Fitch.
The Portable Anais Nin
The Portable Anaïs Nin is not only the first anthology of the author’s work to appear digitally, it is also the first comprehensive collection in nearly 40 years, during which time the Nin catalogue has doubled with the release of the erotica and unexpurgated diaries. A handy source book of Nin's most important writings, arranged chronologically and annotated by Nin scholar Benjamin Franklin V.
A Spy in the House of Love
Originally published in book form in 1954, A Spy in the House of Love contains some of Anais Nin's best poetic prose. The main character, Sabina, realizes that she is a composite of many selves, each one seeking identity within relationships with five very different men, and while she seeks to live out each part of herself she also craves unity, setting the stage for the battle for self-awareness.
The House of Incest
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The House of Incest, Anais Nin's famous prose poem, was first published in Paris in 1936 and immediately drew attention from the era's prominent writers, including Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. While written in English, it is considered a landmark work in the French surrealist tradition and one of the most unique books in 20th century literature.
Under a Glass Bell
Often considered Anais Nin's finest work of fiction, this collection of short stories was self-published by Nin with an old-fashioned hand press in 1944. Among the titles are "Houseboat," "The Mouse," "The Labyrinth," and "Birth."
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