Mittwoch, Mai 03, 2006

ANAIS NIN 1903 - 1977

Today I want to dedicate my post to Anais Nin, a marvellous author who is probably well known in large part to all of you ...

Anaïs Nin was born in Neuilly, France. After her parents separated, her mother moved Anaïs and her two relatives, Thorvald Nin and Joaquin Nin-Culmell to New York City. While still a teenager, Nin abandoned formal schooling and began working as a model.

In 1923, she married Hugh Parker Guiler. The couple moved to Paris, France the following year, where Guiler pursued his banking career and Nin began to pursue her interest in writing, where her first published work was a critical evaluation of D. H. Lawrence called "D. H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study." She also explored the field of psychotherapy, studying under the likes of Otto Rank, a disciple of Sigmund Freud.

Anaïs Nin is hailed by many critics as one of the finest examples of writers of female erotica. She was the first woman to really explore the realm. Before her, erotica written by women was virtually unheard-of.
Nin, faced with a desperate need for money, wrote the stories in Delta of Venus for a dollar a page in the 1940s.

She considered the characters in her erotica to be extreme caricature and never intended for the erotica to be published. Her writing was scandalously explicit for the time. In her unexpurgated diaries, she wrote about her incestuous relationship with her father.

Nin was a friend, and in some cases lover, of many leading literary figures, including Henry Miller (and his wife, June, with whom she is not officially disclosed as having an affair), Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal, James Agee, and Lawrence Durrell...

Here are some of her sentences I like a lot:

We are going to the moon, that is not very far.
Man has so much farther to go within himself.

I saw things as a chain and felt that everything
is continuous and never really ends. I had a
sense of continuity and relatedness
between the past and the present and the future,
between races and between the sexes, between

...nothing changes the nature of man. I know too
well that man can only change himself psychologically,
and that fear and greed make him inhuman, and it
is only a change of roles we attain with each revolution,
just a change of men in power, that is all, the evil remains.

More about her and her work you will find here:
Anais Nin


Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

not only am i in love with her work on delta of venus but also the women herself. french, sexy, sophisticated what else could a man ask for?

5:04 nachm.  
Blogger Ryan said...

u know i love history was my fav in school. u have any early americans that u were fond of?

5:10 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus:
It comes still better, because her father was a Catalan and her mother a Dane. She was only born in France, and if somebody is born there, he or she comes with the French territory.
Did you read her Diary, if no, you HAVE to read it!!! It is more then a Diary, for it is a contemporary document. There you will also come to know why she wrote her so juicy Erotic-Stories :-)

5:47 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan:
Next week I'll publish something about
one of Anais Nin's gay-friends who is a born American author! :-)

5:56 nachm.  
Blogger Prerona said...

funny co-incidence. this is the 2nd time this has happened on ur site. i was just writing abt and thinking of her! My fav line is the one about looking into the abyss, thats by her is it not?

what reminded me of her was that last post i wrote and reading the comments. i was remembering that part in 'henry and june' where june acuses anais (and all writers) of using everyone and everything in their lives for 'good copy'

was just looking at some of your paintings - love this one - keep coming back to it. was showing mom also bcz felt like sharing - its so beautiful. the face, the expression, the whole picture

this is called transformation 2 i think. when ur free will u explain it to me?

8:12 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prerona:
Yes, really what a coincidence :-)... But:"Looking into the abyss---" is by Nietzsche !

The painting "Transformation 2" is a homage a Carlo Giuliani ... Carlo was the first victim of the so-called New World Order of the profit in our new millenium. He was assassinated by the police on the 20th of July 2001 in GENOA ... have a look at my blogsite >>>

8:51 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

o Prerona:
I you don't find it, here is the post I published at that time:

Carlo was assassinated 4 years ago by the police in Genoa during a demonstration against the first G8 under the regime of Mr. Bush & Sidekicks Co., that summit conference of the government representatives of the 8 richest contries of our planet.

He was assassinated on the 20th of July 2001 ... this was the beginning of THE WAR OF THE PROFIT-MAKERS AGAINST A GLOBAL JUSTICE ...

This happened a little bit before the horror of the 11 september 2001, a little bit before there was made the assault upon Afghanistan and Iraq which was the same horror for the civilian population of these countries as everywhere...


I am glad that you like the picture, Preona!

9:00 nachm.  
Blogger Trudging said...

Yep I have an ANAIS NIN story that I cannot post but, if I ever start using my E-mail again I will send it to you.

11:30 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
That would be nice, Trudge! I am already curious to read it! Thank you!

11:52 nachm.  
Blogger Brad said...

Ahhhh Hans so true the saying, "there is no just war." Another that is so true that many young people do not realize in their zeal to serve until it is to late and their minds have been touched and tainted by the evil that it is and that is this one....

"In war, there are no victors."

Most PEOPLE in most countries could get along just fine with each other... if it weren't for their governments.

3:39 vorm.  
Blogger The Persian said...

I have heard of Anais, but was not familiar with her biography and work until now. Thanks for enlightening me Hans :)

3:50 vorm.  
Blogger NMAMFQLMSH said...

Thank you Castor and I will have to check the library for her work.
I see you,

4:31 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Brad:
You are right, Brad, but remains Anais Nin's sentence: " ...nothing changes the nature of man. I know too
well that man can only change himself psychologically,
and that fear and greed make him inhuman, and it
is only a change of roles we attain with each revolution,
just a change of men in power, that is all, the evil remains.

9:22 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Persian Guy:
There was also a film about her, Henry Miller and his wife June, called "Henry & June" (shooted in 1990) :-)!
She was one of the first woman who avowed herself a bisexual person :-)

9:39 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

Alright, JJ :-)! Start with her diaries! There you will see what a great peronality she was!

9:43 vorm.  
Blogger Derek said...

My old roomate turned me on to her work about 6 years ago. My roomate was a lesbian, but one night I was bored and picked it up and started reading, I was hooked!

5:45 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Derek:
Don't forget, she didn't write these stories for lesbians, but to make a living from them :-)so she wrote these short stories for a horny man who paid her a Dollar a page :-)

9:13 vorm.  

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