"When Nin arrived in London on 1st September 1939, she keenly sensed the poison of the looming war in its foggy air..." - Rehan Qayoom
Fascinating history. I remember reading years ago about the secret relationship between her and Miller. I need to relook at that. So interesting getting into her head at that time in history, before the war. Diaries are intriguing as first/hand accounts of artists’ lives.
Very amusing anecdotes, and poignant, love Anaïs Nin, well done💯
Writers seem to go in and out of style: I remember when Lawrence Durrell was all the rage, and Joyce Carol Oates, and of course Nin. I devoured her diaries and fiction in the 7os and later along with several biographies and then there was at least one film about her, no? In the 90s? I loved her work for its poetry and then she turned me on to Otto Rank's books and Art and Artist is one of the best books ever about the creative personality.
of course she would have been friends with Durell the friend of Henry Miller and writer of Alexandria Quartet and so much good stuff. It was Durell's invitation to Miller to come to Greece which sparked the wondrous feast "The Colossus of Maurossi" which spelling im sure i screwed up but stands as a loving and belated ode of love to that Greece Miller visited and described so luminously on the verge of WW2. I prefer to read about Jean Rhys for some reson yet somehow her and Nin intrigue me the same way....
I've written quite a bit about Dr. Otto Rank, who was her therapist for some time and whom she advocated for pretty extensively.
Wow, that was a great piece of writing!