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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd (April 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015626028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156260282
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,662 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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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun 2002
Format: Paperback
In writing her journal Anais Nin explained that she purposely recorded events as 'live' and as near to their actually happening, so that her perceptions were not distorted by time. It pays off! Like many of us today, Nin is on a dual quest for self improvement and self discovery and the immediacy of this has not waned in over 50 years. This journal has juice. Though, Anais is not just 'into' herself but includes the significant others in her life as an integral part of her narrative, demonstrating a cinematic eye for detail. She shows as much will to explain her friendship with Henry Miller as she does the relationship with her father. Her style is fluent and economical, and although she moved in elite artistic circles, any whiff of self-aggrandisement is under much self-scrutiny. Being a journal, this account is naturally one-sided but the author has such a rigorous insight into the nuances of her relationships and is so self-aware that you never feel that she is looking at life through one lens. Her liberal mindset and aspirations to live freely and independently as a woman are a sobering and welcome antidote to the contemporary female chick lit preoccupied with panicking about'Mr Right' and beating the biological clock. She could be described as the literary forerunner to Tracy Emin's unrelenting self examination as an artist,though she is not so blatantly 'confessional'. Nin presents an unpretentious, liberating and lucid insight into the notion of being an 'artist' and a woman. An inspirational read for artists and writers alike, or just an amazing, intimate journey into someone else's psyche.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 12 Dec 2010
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The classic journal, this gives an insight into one unique woman's world. More than that, it allows you into her thoughts in a way that encourages you to reflect on your own. Not a book to rush - enjoy every word!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Russell on 25 Oct 2012
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This diary is an essential read for anyone wanting to appreciate the full depth and significance of Anais Nin. It contains incredibly astute observations about the creative process, including relating the verbal/auditory to the visual. Anais was clearly a pivotal figure of her time. The complexities of her relationship with Edmund Wilson are infinitely fascinating, as are her observations on Andre Breton and Salvador Dali.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Offers No Sense of Artistic Evolution 6 Dec 2001
By Ruth Edlund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume was the fourth in the published series of expurgated diaries beginning with the 1931 manuscript diaries of the prolific Anais Nin.
Unfortunately, although this volume begins with diary entries written some thirteen years after those in the first published volume, the reader has no sense that Nin's craft of diary-keeping as an art form evolved or matured in those thirteen years. It is impossible to tell whether this stems from Nin's habit of editing and reworking her material over the years, thus possibly refining early entries until they were on a par with her later work, or whether Nin was simply never able to improve on her first work inspired by her meeting Henry Miller.
Deidre Bair's biography of Nin reveals the interesting tidbit that Nin stopped keeping diaries in volume form some time during 1946, partway through this volume. After 1946 (particularly since Nin soon found herself living with two men, one on each coast), she jotted down notes on whatever papers were handy and tossed the notes into manila folders. The decrease in quality associated with this apparent lack of care shows, I think, as this volume progresses.
The life she was then leading, although distracting her from the diary, hardly constituted a work of art in and of itself. Nin spends much of this volume "ensorcelling" teenage boys as a woman in her forties. She declares frequently that she identifies with the young, and surrounds herself with them in preference to the rigid folks her own age. A more jaded view of Nin's behavior at this time is that men her own age were able to see through her games in a way that boys did not have the life experience to do. Although she frequently claims tremendous insight and understanding of psychoanalysis, she is ultimately blind to the uglier aspects of the larger patterns of her life at this time.
Because this is the expurgated version of the diary, this volume omits a critical event: Anais's meeting Rupert Pole, whom she would later marry, in 1947.
Verdict: only for hardcore Anais Nin fans.
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Will make you hate the woman unless you are a flake like her 28 Nov 2010
By Tim Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really used to love Anais Nin. Watching Henry & June and then reading the book introduced me. I could read House Of Incest several times and still found it beautiful and fascinating. Sadly, this book has reversed my good opinion of her. I still WANT to like her but I really can't. For the first half of the book, I was still liking her. She has some very good things to say about art and writing and love. It's a novelty to see her in the Village and trying to deal with writers and artists, some of whom are a little crazy.

Then about halfway through the book, I'm sick of her. She's like Blanche Dubois, trying to create a world of beauty and elegance by any means necessary including self-deception and surrounding herself with young men who are more "pure" or "flexible" or whatever the pedophiles are saying these days. I wanted to be sympathetic to her, but then I remembered that she was in her forties when she wrote this fluff and there's no real excuse for fetishizing youth into some kind of token against adult responsibilities. My breaking point comes when her filmmaker friend Maya puts her in a movie and she's angry because Maya didn't film everyone looking pretty. She has one particular view of what constitutes beauty and poetry and woe to anyone that steps outside of it.

The last third of the book is fascinating for the fact that it centers on Gore Vidal. While most of us would be justified in assuming that Vidal came out of the womb as a bitter serpent angrily spewing bile and spite in all directions, Anais Nin sees him as a sensitive poet type. She's in love with his talent and since she also sees herself as a maternal figure (to replace the real awful mother in the same way that Henry Miller was a paternal figure to replace her absent creepy father) to guide Vidal through the world of literature. Once Vidal publishes The City and the Pillar: A Novel, she realizes that he's also a man and he has grown to the point where she can no longer influence him. So she rejects him and tells him in no uncertain terms that he's awful.

I still don't know how to view that one. On one hand, Anais Nin is a self-involved little flake who tries to impose her view upon Vidal. On the other hand, she did see something good and pure in Vidal and as wrongheaded as that view is (did I mention that I hate Gore Vidal) there's something rather sweet and innocent in that assessment. ANd yet on the other hand, Anais Nin has soured me to the concepts of sweetness or innocence and turned them into monstrous viewpoints.

Interesting book, but only if you really really like Anais Nin and her self-involved idiocy. If not, you'll like her no better by the end. And if you are neutral about her, you will hate her after this book.
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A litterary classic sries 21 May 2012
By David R. Ingham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This series is her own edit of her accumulated adult diaries. It is the outcome of much effort to find an acceptable way of publishing what other writers considered to be her best work. Her solution was to edit out her "private life", that is her secrets such as love affairs, casual sex and bigamy. She was not particularly secretive, so this still left plenty of material to edit down into this series of publications, which finally brought her the fame she had always craved and expected.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great price on a Great classic! LOVE IT!! 11 Oct 2012
By Susan C. Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so surprised to get this great book at such a low price. I love this book, and plan to get the other diary books of this author soon on Amazon. Cannot beat these deals!!!!
0 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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By Linda M. Dancker - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book for a friend and never read it. Sorry , I can't review it.
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