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Anais Nin

Anais Nin

Anaïs Nin was born in 1903 in France to a Danish mother and Catalan father and spent most of her childhood living with relatives in Cuba. She wrote feminine erotic books, critiques, short stories, and journals, which eventually made her famous. She began writing journals, most of which were published posthumously, when she was only eleven and went on writing them for sixty years. Most of her works were published after she died of cancer in 1977. Nin was the first Western woman to write feminine erotic literature and is considered today one of the most important feminine literary voices of the twentieth century. Her personal life was fraught with scandal. She was the lover and friend of many renowned artists and writers and wrote about them with great talent and insight. Especially famous is her love triangle with writer Henry Miller and his wife June, which inspired the writing of Henry and June, also adapted to film.


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