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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Anais Nin: Selected full-text books and articles

The Critical Response to Anais Nin By Philip K. Jason Greenwood Press, 1996
Ladders to Fire By AnaU+00Fs Nin Swallow Press, 1959
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960 By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, vol.2, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin (1903-1977)" begins on p. 107
Women Memoirists By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, vol.2, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Anais Nin" begins on p. 56
Women, Literature, Criticism By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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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