Anais Nïn (1903-1977)
She was born in Cuba, but her father was Spanish and her mother French. She lived a bohemian youth in Paris with Henry Miller, and was nationalized American in 1939 writing in New York and Los Angeles.
She is authoress of very many short stories, articles and some novels, often typecast in erotica: “The House of Incest” and “Winter of Artifice” where she told the incestuous relationship that she had with her father being an adult (He had abandoned her as a child).
Interesting writer and unclassifiable personality, friend of very many famous artists and psychologists (she came to work as an analyst for some time in New York); wife of a banker (Hugh Guiler) and an actor (Rupert Pole) at the same time (for years she maintained a double life); and lover of many people of any dye and color. She is mostly famous for her diaries (Now at the University of California in Los Angeles). 35000 pages she started to write with 11 and she kept on writing for 60 years.
In her diaries, she reflected the society of her time. Very many well-known people appeared in them. That is the reason of the different versions which have been published: they censored the names of many but when they died they were included in new publications.
She is representative of women’s liberation movement and she is considered the best female erotica writer.
Complicated woman, she never complained and she learned to take advantage of what life offered. She liberated her traumas writing and her writings gave her the fame. A fame that she never had searched because what she wanted was to know herself and the others: is it not the same thing?
Anaïs Nin died in California, after a three year battle with cancer. Her body was cremated, and her ashes were scattered over Santa Monica Bay in Mermaid Cove.