Anais Nin

Nin, Anaïs

Anaïs Nin (ənī´Ĭs nĬn, nēn), 1903–77, American writer, b. Paris. The daughter of the Spanish composer Joaquín Nin, she came to the United States as a child. She was a psychoanalytic patient of Otto Rank, and a deep concern with the subconscious is evidenced in her work. This is particularly true of her best-known works, her autobiographical diaries, which reveal her psychological and artistic development. These have been published in several collections: early diaries, 1914–31 (4 vol., 1980–85, J. Sherman, ed.); diaries, 1931–74 (7 vol., 1969–81, G. Stuhlmann, ed.); and unexpurgated diaries (4 vol., 1986–96). Nin's fiction, which is noted for its poetic style and searching portraits of women, includes the novels Winter of Artifice (1939) and A Spy in the House of Love (1954). Her published works include her correspondence with Henry Miller (1965); critical works, such as The Novel of the Future (1970); and two volumes of erotica, The Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979).

See biography by D. Bair (1995); study by B. L. Knapp (1978).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Critical Response to Anais Nin
Philip K. Jason.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Ladders to Fire
Anais Nin.
Swallow Press, 1959
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.2, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin (1903-1977)" begins on p. 107
Women Memoirists
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.2, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin" begins on p. 56
Women, Literature, Criticism
Harry R. Garvin.
Bucknell University Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin and the Feminine Quest for Consciousness: The Quelling of the Devouring Mother and the Ascension of the Sophia" begins on p. 119
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin" begins on p. 356
Noli Me Tangere: The Structure of Anais Nin's under a Glass Bell
Franklin, Benjamin V.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 4, Fall 1997
Against the Disappearance of Literature: Essays, Interludes, Dialogues, Invocations on the Creating Word
Arlene Zekowski.
Whitston, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "The Portales Notebooks: Anais Nin" begins on p. 48
The American Prose Poem: Poetic Form and the Boundaries of Genre
Michel Delville.
University Press of Florida, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Anais Nin begins on p. 102
Autobiographical Occasions and Original Acts: Versions of American Identity from Henry Adams to Nate Shaw
Albert E. Stone.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Becoming a Woman in Male America: Margaret Mead and Anais Nin"
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