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Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977)

With a French and Cuban background, the American writer first delivered her intimacy in a journal from the age of 11 – a long letter to her absent father but also an analysis of her tormented adolescence. In 1924, after having married Hugh Guiler, she settled in Paris where she once again confided her secrets in a journal to free herself from the boredom of her domestic life. In 1930, she met the American writer, Henry Miller and his wife, June, and therefore began the most fruitful period of her life that fuelled her intimate writings, exploring sexuality and eroticism. In 1966, her journal was published and Anais Nin became a star – the first feminine author to have dared to write about the mysteries of women's sexuality and desire. She pushed her boldness further when she published erotic books during the 1970s – a doll-like lady of seventy who spoke the crude words of sensuality. Because she had written about feminine desire like no one else before, Anais Nin was often seen as an avant-garde feminist. 

Anaïs Nin by Inge Morath, 1959
Anaïs Nin by Inge Morath, 1959
Anaïs Nin by Inge Morath, 1959
Anaïs Nin by Inge Morath, 1959
Anaïs Nin by Irving Penn, 1971
Anaïs Nin by Irving Penn, 1971
Natashia Troubetskoia, Portrait of Anais Nin, 1932, oil on canvas, 193 x 110,5 cm, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Natashia Troubetskoia, Portrait of Anais Nin, 1932, oil on canvas, 193 x 110,5 cm, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Anaïs Nin by Carl Van Vechten, 1940
Anaïs Nin by Carl Van Vechten, 1940
Anaïs Nin by Carl Van Vechten, 1940
Anaïs Nin by Carl Van Vechten, 1940
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anaïs Nin by Brassaï, 1932
Anais Nin and Gore Vidal, 1945
Anais Nin and Gore Vidal, 1945
Anais Nin by Jill Krementz, 1971
Anais Nin by Jill Krementz, 1971
Anais Nin and Rupert Pole, 1960's
Anais Nin and Rupert Pole, 1960's
Anaïs Nin by Jill Krementz, 1960's
Anaïs Nin by Jill Krementz, 1960's
Anaïs Nin, 1947
Anaïs Nin, 1947
Anais Nin in Inauguration of the pleasure Dome directed by Kenneth Anger, 1954
Anais Nin in Inauguration of the pleasure Dome directed by Kenneth Anger, 1954
Anais Nin in Inauguration of the pleasure Dome directed by Kenneth Anger, 1954
Anais Nin in Inauguration of the pleasure Dome directed by Kenneth Anger, 1954
Anaïs Nin as a Spanish dancer, under the name of Anita Aguilera, 1930's
Anaïs Nin as a Spanish dancer, under the name of Anita Aguilera, 1930's
Anaïs Nin as a Spanish dancer, under the name of Anita Aguilera, 1930's
Anaïs Nin as a Spanish dancer, under the name of Anita Aguilera, 1930's
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, Fred Ward as Henry Miller, and Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June (1990).
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, Fred Ward as Henry Miller, and Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June (1990).
Portrait of Anais Nin, Studio photo (New York) from Edmund Wilson Collection, prob. early 1920s
Portrait of Anais Nin, Studio photo (New York) from Edmund Wilson Collection, prob. early 1920s
 L-R: Wendy and Peter Owen, Anaïs Nin, Georgina Owen, Luise Rainer
L-R: Wendy and Peter Owen, Anaïs Nin, Georgina Owen, Luise Rainer
Anaïs Nin printing Winter of Artifice, 1944
Anaïs Nin printing Winter of Artifice, 1944
Anais Nin
Anais Nin
Anaïs Nin at 17
Anaïs Nin at 17
Anaïs Nin, in the Silver Lake, CA home she shared with Rupert Pole
Anaïs Nin, in the Silver Lake, CA home she shared with Rupert Pole
Anais Nin's book
Anais Nin's book
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1920's
Anais Nin, 1920's
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1940's
 Anaïs Nin and her diaries, 1950's
Anaïs Nin and her diaries, 1950's
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1950's
Anais Nin, 1950's
Anais Nin, 1960's
Anais Nin, 1960's
Anais Nin and her husband Rupert Pole lived in Silver Lake
Anais Nin and her husband Rupert Pole lived in Silver Lake
Collage, 1950's
Collage, 1950's
Hugh Guiler and Anaïs Nin, 1930's
Hugh Guiler and Anaïs Nin, 1930's
Anais Nin, 1950's
Anais Nin, 1950's
Anais Nin, 1940's
Anais Nin, 1940's
 Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin and Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin and Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Uma Thurman as June Miller in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
Maria de Madeiros as Anaïs Nin, in Henry & June directed by Philip Kaufman 1990
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