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Nin, Anaïs

Nin, Anaïs ənī´ĭs nĭn, nēn [key], 1903–77, American writer, b. Paris. The daughter of the Spanish composer Joaquín Nin, she came to the United States as a child. She was a psychoanalytic patient of Otto Rank , and a deep concern with the subconscious is evidenced in her work. This is particularly true of her best-known works, her autobiographical diaries, which reveal her psychological and artistic development. These have been published in several collections: early diaries, 1914–31 (4 vol., 1980–85, J. Sherman, ed.) diaries, 1931–74 (7 vol., 1969–81, G. Stuhlmann, ed.) and unexpurgated diaries (4 vol., 1986–96). Nin's fiction, which is noted for its poetic style and searching portraits of women, includes the novels Winter of Artifice (1939) and A Spy in the House of Love (1954). Her published works include her correspondence with Henry Miller (1965) critical works, such as The Novel of the Future (1970) and two volumes of erotica, The Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979).

See biography by D. Bair (1995) study by B. L. Knapp (1978).

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