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In Favor of the Sensitive Man and Other Essays (Original Harvest Book; Hb333) Paperback – Mar 1976


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Worn Condition edition (Mar. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156444453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156444453
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she wrote primarily fiction until 1964, when her last novel, Collages, was published. She wrote The House of Incest, a prose-poem (1936), three novellas collected in The Winter of Artifice (1939), short stories collected in Under a Glass Bell (1944), and a five-volume continuous novel consisting of Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four-Chambered Heart (1950), A Spy in the House of Love (1954), and Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). These novels were collected as Cities of the Interior (1974). She gained commercial and critical success with the publication of the first volume of her diary (1966); to date, fifteen diary volumes have been published. Her most commercially successful books were her erotica published as Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979). Today, her books are appearing digitally, most notably with the anthology The Portable Anais Nin (2011).

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Here, in more than twenty essays, Nin shares her unique perceptions of people, places, and the arts. Includes several lectures and two interviews.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite discussion of Nin's own feminism from the self 1 Oct. 1998
By Elise Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is divided into essay on 3 topics: Women and Men; Writing, Music and Films; and Enchanted Places. This is a very developed sense of Anais - open, radiant, and sincere as always. There are several distinct themes throughout the collection. One of these themes, and to her, the most important, is that women (and men) must first come to know themselves intimately and erotically before they can successfully contribute to any other person, group, society, or otherwise. "In denying the need of intimacy with ourselves, our extroverted culture destroys the possibility of intimacy with others." Nin openly discusses her knowledge of feminism and the roles women have traditionally held in dealing with themselves. She also voices in several essays, her opposition to women's "listing of griefs against men." She emphasizes the rebuilding of the self through poetry and eroticism. "Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensible as poetry."
The book is full of discussion of feminism, eroticism, psychology of the self, our roles in relationships, art, and society. There are 2 fascinating interviews with Nin, several of Nin's essays on other writiers and filmmakers, and her magical recreations of enchanted places. It is a must read for Anais Nin fans. It's short, it's sweet (I couldn't put it down), and intellectually, but most importantly, emotionally fulfilling.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Some books sink into our consciouness 1 Oct. 2006
By Carla Fair-Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no simple way to explain the meaning of human relationships. Anyone who believes that our socialization as human beings can be easily understood should read 'In Favor of the Sensitive Man'.

The twenty seven pieces included cover Nin's main interest: feminine sexuality, human relationships, and eroticism. The book is divided into 3 sections: Women and Men, "Writing, Music, and Films", Enchanted Places. A book as intelligent as this about human interaction had to written by a someone with a background in psychology and a keen inner awareness.

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was born in France. She began to keep a journal of her life in 1914, when her father, composer Joaquin Nin abandon the family. These journals were published in 1966 and lifted Nin from obscurity into the celebrity. Nin studied psychoanalysis under Otto Rank and practiced as a therapist in New York. At some point, she was even a patient of Carl Jung.

As Nin writes, there are books which we read early in life, which sink into our consciouness. I read the famous Nin "dairies" in my teens. I am convinced that Anais' is a brilliant woman and a gifted writer. This book is a confirmation of those beliefs.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For fans of Anais Nin 19 Jan. 2009
By Bruce Oksol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a little collection of essays, each about 3 - 5 pages long. The essays are divided into three sections: Women and Men (essays on feminism, and the eponymous essay, etc.); Writing, Music, and Films (tribute to Ingmar Bergman, a review of a Henry Jaglom film, etc.); and, Enchanted Places (Fez, Bali, etc.).

Two types of people will purchase this slim book: a) admirers of Nin who want every publication of hers on their shelves; and b) admirers of Nin who happen to stumble across it while looking for remaindered books at discount book stores, and make an impulse purchase.

I was the latter. The best thing about the book is that for very little investment in time, I can be exposed to myriad of topics. Her essays on Henry Jaglom and Edgar Varese have piqued my curiosity; the tribute to Ingmar Bergman opened my eyes to films I had not seen (if that makes sense); and the essay on Fez brought back great memories of my one incredulous day there some years ago.

I did not pay much attention to the essays on feminism; as I started to read them, they either felt dated, or I had long since absorbed the mantra.

If nothing else, it's a great conversation opener without taking up much space. Even though I gave it only three stars, I would buy it again; there are some 3-star books that everyone needs to have on their shelves.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Anais Nin deserves more attention! 23 April 2010
By A. Koutsouflakis - Published on Amazon.com
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As a graduate of an English Lit program, I was very disappointed to have discovered Anais Nin so late. Her writings, though accessible to the average reader, are significant in terms of the subjects of gender-identity and -role theories, feminism, and other concepts discussed in the realm of academia. Aside from that, this collection of Nin's essays covers a range of topics and reminds readers of the progress women (specifically, but not only) have made over the past several decades. Nin also reminds us that we are not where we should be in terms of equality. Her words are certainly food for thought for anyone interested in what it means to live as an artist or creative soul in a world where ideas are only as successful as their marketability.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and Intelligent 16 Feb. 2013
By Kathy O. Magnusen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anais Nin was such a gorgeous writer. I have appreciated her writings for a long time online so finally broke down and bought some of her books. She was not just an erotic writer, no, she was complex and poetic, eloquent, thoughtful and intelligent. YES she was all that.
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