Anaïs Nin

(21 February 1903 – 14 January 1977 / Neuilly)

Anaïs Nin
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born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States, who published her journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death, her erotic literature, and short stories. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously.

Early life

Anaïs Nin was born in Neuilly, France, to artistic parents. Her father, Joaquín Nin, was a Cuban pianist and composer, when he met her mother Rosa Culmell, who was a classically trained singer in Cuba of French and Danish descent. Her father's ... more »

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  • ''I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.''
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), French-U.S. novelist, diarist. "Birth," Under a Glass Bell (1948).
  • ''The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.''
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. Quoted in Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, preface (1934).
  • ''I never liked the language of Henry Miller. I don't think pornography has added to our sensual life.''
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. Quoted in Times (London, June 1, 1970). Nin had a ten-year relationship with Miller in F...
  • ''Woman does not forget she needs the fecundator, she does not forget that everything that is born of her is planted in her.''
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2, Aug. 1937 entry (1967).
  • ''Electric flesh-arrows ... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.''
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2, entry for Oct. 1937 (1967).
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  • Rookie - 4 Points Martin O'Neill (3/22/2012 4:03:00 PM)

    Her comments about her father reinforce my belief about the Christian comment 'Thou shalt honour thy father and mother' which is - Why? Because they are older, your parents, wise, live in the same house, drink too much, abuse you, live as criminals, run an international aid agency?
    Respect is EARNED, not imposed by some animal sacrificing primitive's idea of what I should do according to HIS mores.
    Hurrah for Anais.

  • Rookie Paul Herron (12/12/2009 11:04:00 AM)

    To see other poems and information about Anais Nin, visit http: //anaisninblog.skybluepress.com We have translated two childhood poems from the French: 'Birth' and 'The Storm.'

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