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.
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).
And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk