SUMMARY: Anais Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) French author
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Anais Nin, who is best known for her diaries and erotic stories was born Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosas Edelmira Nin y Culmell. She has been known as Anais Nin since her youth.She was born on February 21,1903 in Nueilly, France, just outside of Paris.Her father, Joaquin Nin, was a Cuban pianist and composer. Anais Nin’s mother, Rosa Culmell, was also Cuban and of French and Danish ancestry. Rosa was a classically trained singer.
Anais Nin’s father left the family and so her mother Rosa moved the family to New York City. Anais had two brothers, Trorvald Nin and Joaquin Nin-Culmell, who were both younger than her.The family moved in 1914 and this is when Anais began to write in her journal.
Anais Nin attended Catholic schools in the United States, but she dropped out and worked as a model and a dancer.On March 3, 1923 Anais married her first husband Hugh Parker Guiler.He was a banker and an artist.Hugh was also known as Ian Hugo when he became a filmmaker.The couple was married in Havana, Cuba and moved to Paris in 1924.Here Anais was able to pursuer her writing career.
During her time in Paris, Anais published her work on D. H. Lawrence called D. H. Lawrence Unprofessional Study.She explored psychotherapy, studying under Otto Rank.Anais and Hugh Parker Guiler moved back to New York City in 1939.Nin appeared in some films directed by her husband, under his filmmaker name Ian Hugo.
Anais Nin was not in a traditional marriage.She had affairs when she and her husband, Hugh were in Paris and with men she knew in New York.In 1977, on March 17th, Anais married Rupert Pole.The marriage took place in Quartsite, Arizona and Anais was still married to Hugh Parker Guiler.She kept her husband Hugh in New York City and her husband Rupert in Los Angeles.She stayed married to Hugh for 50 years, largely because he stayed out of her extramarital affairs.She commuted between L.A.and N.Y.C. for at least 25 years.She was living with Rupert when she died.
Anais Nin was determined to have her erotic stories published.She had first become interested in such stories as a young girl living in New York City. Anais set up the Gamor Press and published her own works at her own cost in the early 1940s.
In the 1940s and 1950s Anais became acquainted (had affairs with) and allied with many young writers like Robert Duncan.In the 1960s Nin’s diaries began to bring her fame.This also interested the public in her earlier works. Nin’s diary writing began when she was 11 years old.Her celebrated work covers the years from 1931 to 1974.The first volume appeared when she was 63 years old.The diary is considered more than a biography. Many consider it a work of art.
In 1973 Anais Nin received and honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art. Then in 1974 she was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters.Anais died on January 14, 1977 in Los Angels, California.She was living with Rupert her second husband, but some say she had their marriage annulled earlier and they were not married at the time of her death.Rupert however was named Nin’s literary executor. Nin’s body was cremated and the ashes were scattered over Santa Monica Bay.
As Anais Nin’s literary executor, Rupert had Anais’ new unexpurgated editions of her books and diaries published.He did this after Anais Nin’s first husband died in 1985.Rupert continued to have her works published until his death in 2006.