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Anaïs Nin

(1903—1977) American writer

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writer, novelist, and diarist, born in Neuilly, France. She kept a diary from the age of 11, with the important volumes covering the years 1931 to 1974. Explicit and self‐aware, her writing was a huge influence on feminist thought. A bigamist and bisexual who counted Henry Miller amongst her lovers, Nin used her own life, including her affairs, as raw material. The prose‐poem House of Incest (1936) was her first success. The ambitious novel sequence including Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four‐Chambered Heart (1950), and A Spy in the House of Love (1954) was collected into one volume, Cities of the Interior, in 1959. Her work is suffused with a deep sensuality, and in the 1940s she wrote two volumes of erotica, both published posthumously (Delta of Venus, 1977; Little Birds, 1979).

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