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Name: Nin, Anaïs, (1903-1977)

Historical Note:

Anais Nin was born in February of 1903. She became famous for her published journals which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death. Nin is also famous for her erotica.

Anais Nin was born in Neuilly, France, to two artistic parents. Her father, Joaquin Nin was a Cuban pianist and composer, and her mother Rosa Culmell was also Cuban, but of French and Danish ancestry and was a classically trained singer. After her parents separated, her mother moved Anais and her two brothers, Thorvald Nin and Joaquin Nin-Culmell from Barcelona to New York City. According to her diaries, Volume One, 1931 - 1934, Nin abandoned formal schooling at the age of 16 and began working as a model.

In 1923 Nin  published  her first work: a critical evaluation of D.H. Lawrence called D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study. She also explored the field of psychotherapy, studying under the likes of Otto Rank, a disciple of Sigmund Freud.

According to her diaries,Volume One, 1931 - 1934, Nin shared a Bohemian  lifestyle with Henry Miller during her time in Paris. There is no mention of her husband in that edited edition. In 1939 Nin returned to New York  and later appeared in the Kenneth Anger  film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) and the Maya Deran film Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946), and in Bells of Atlantis (1952).

In 1947, at the age of 44, she met and began living with Rupert Pole (1919-2006), sixteen years her junior. On 17 March 1955, she married him and the pair went to live in California. She died in 1977.

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