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Anaïs Nin was an author born in 1903 and best known for her journals, erotic literature, and short stories.
Nin was born in France and was surrounded by art from an early age. After her parents separated she moved with her mother to Spain and then New York, where she became fluent in English. She married in 1923 and moved to Paris, where she began writing professionally. In 1932, her first book was published, D. H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study.
Around the same time, she began therapy with Otto Rank, which would influence much of her writing. Upon leaving France in 1939 to escape World War II, she returned to New York. Her published work included 1936’s House of Incest and 1939’s Winter of Artifice.
Nin’s writing as a diarist is her best-known legacy. The seven volumes have been printed in different versions, and the first volume’s edited version was initially published in 1966. In her diary, Nin tells how she began writing erotic fiction out of a need for money. Though she initially wanted them to remain unpublished, Nin allowed Delta of Venus and Little Birds to be published in the early 1970s.
Much of Nin’s writing was left unpublished upon her death in 1977. Since then, her erotic fiction and uncensored versions of her journals have been published. She gained a following among members of the feminist movement and, during the last years of her life, she frequently lectured at universities, despite distancing herself from the politics of the movement.