Delta of Venus Paperback – 11 Jan. 1996
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In the first parts of her lengthy preface, written in 1940 and 1941, Nin explains that she and other financially challenged authors were knocking out explicit porn at a dollar a page, for a "collector"; in the final part of the preface, written in 1976, she tells us that, upon reviewing it, she came to thinking that she was a brave standard bearer for writing normally male dominated eroticism from a female viewpoint - she wasn't, she was just knocking out porn at a dollar a page.
Hail Penguin Modern Classics for allowing a taste of a writer before buying and venturing into a full scale work - this one just leaves a nasty taste.
Simple but disturbing, bizarre sometimes. One of those books which makes you feel bad.
If you like weird reading, this book is for you
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The popular opinion of the literary community is that this book was groundbreaking because it was written by a woman. BS. I agree with Anais Nin’s own assessment. She believed that she had prostituted her talent to write sick stories for a wealthy patron. she did not believe they were worthy to be published. These stories were edited and published after her death. A literary classic? I don’t think so.