“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anais Nin was a very remarkable writer of the 20th century, perhaps the most accomplished and remarkable female essayist of the 20th century. She wrote novels and short stories which depicted the
inner worlds of women in surrealistic and psychoanalytic fashion.
She was a prolific essayist, short story writer, novelist and one of the finest eroticist of her time.
Anais Nin wrote journals which span over 60 years and most of her work was published after her death sadly. Her best known work must be The Diaries of Anais Nin.
Anais Nin is that most important writer that still speaks to us today.
Her writings are just as timely today as they were so many years ago.
Anais Nin was born on Feb 21, 1903 and she died on Jan 14, 1977.
Books by Anais Nin:
Delta of Venus
Henry & Jane
A Spy in the House of Love
A Literate Passion
House of Incest
Under a Glass Bell
Winter of Artice
The Four Chambered Heart
From a Journal of Love
The Diary of Anais Nin
The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
The unfair twist of fate of her life as a writer reminds me of the great painter, Vincent Van Gogh.
The two arist share this fate of having their work greatly appreciated only after their deaths.
It is reported than Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive, and that was to his brother.
It is also reported that Van Gogh’s final words before he died were: “Sadness will last forever.”
Reading the works of Anais Nin I detect a profound sadness, there is pain and great struggle and yet such clarity of
mind in all of her work.
“The pain I give is only like homeopathy, to heal the pain given me, but it is not a blow to be given.
Insidious and subtle.” –Anais Nin
Anais Nin was also a woman who had many, many lovers during her life.
Her list of lovers were mostly the leading literary giants of the day, including such high
profile figures as John Steinbeck, John Agee, Gore Vidal and Henry Miller just to name a few.
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me as woman.”
Today, Anais Nin has captured the minds of many of the new important female writers proudly taking their place
on the world stage of this 21st century.
Anais Nin’s voice continues to be relevant, empowering and universally insatiable to writers like me all over the world.