The Nin Diaries

Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stuhlmann

"Anais Nin began writing a detailed, private diary as a child. As an adult, she continued the diary; she also began to draw upon it for her fiction. Diary, stories, and novels existed side by side. The relationship between them was legendary, but not really known. The few privileged readers of the diaries in manuscript had kept us aware of them and had proclaimed, in advance, their importance.-- Philip K. Jason 
    Anais Nin Reader edited by Philip K. Jason 1973, Swallow Press Chicago although this book is now out of print, the author has a new critically acclaimed book The Critical Response to Anais Nin available through the Greenwood Press.


The Diary of Anais Nin: Vol. 1 (1931-1934)

Volume I covers Anais Nin’s life in Paris during the early 1930’s. It opens at the time Nin was about to make her literary debut with a brief passionate study of D.H. Lawrence. She was then living in an ancient, shuttered house in the sleepy village of Louveciennes, on the outskirts of Paris It provides full length portraits of the then unknown Henry Miller, of the extraordinary surrealist poet and man of the theater Antonin Artaud, and the famous psychiatrist Dr, Otto Rank. It offers a fascinating record of Nin’s struggles to discover her own self, to come to grips with her past and her future.

I only regret that everybody wants to deprive me of the journal, which is the only steadfast friend I have, the only one which makes my life bearable, because my happiness with human beings is so precarious, my confiding moods rare, and the least sign of non-interest is enough to silence me. In the journal I am at ease.--- June, 1933


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 2 (1934-1939)

Volume II of this long-awaited work begins where Volume 1 left off and covers the pre-World War II years. It’s "heros’s" one might say, are the Spanish Civil War, psychoanalysis, and the houseboat on the Seine in which Anais Nin lived during a part of this period. But there are also encounters and friendships with many interesting and celebrated people. Henry Miller and Otto Rank reappear, and among those introduced are Lawrence Currell, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank, Pablo Neruda and Rebecca West.

The diary was once a disease. I do not take it up now for the same reasons. Before it was because I was lonely, or because I did not know how to communicate with others. I needed the communion. Now it is to write, not for solace but for the pleasure of describing others, out of abundance.


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 3 (1939-1944)

This third volumne chronicles Nin's return to the US from Europe, immediately after the outbreak of World War II. Set in New York, In Provincetown and Virginia, these pages bring to life the artistic mileu of this "New World". Many of the portraits of her talented friends continue to appear; Frances Steloff,Henry Miller, Luise Rainer,Kenneth Patchen, Robert Duncan, Edgar Varese, Yves Tanguy, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Wright and Canada Lee.The pages also continue to detail her moments of joy as well as the onerous obstacles she encountered in her effort to establish herself as a writer. The continuing themes of friendship and frustration continue and often seem slightly comical, "The telephone bill unpaid. The net of economic difficulties closing in on me. Everyone around me irresponsible, unconscious of the shipwreck. I did thirty pages of erotica." In this period she printed Under A Glass Bell . "an exquisite piece of workmanship. Gonzalo has a gift for book designing" wrote Anais.

Volume Three is drawn from the original volumes 60 to 67 of the Diary , and links directly with the two previously published volumes, covering the years 1931-34 and 1934-39. " A laborious mosaic"


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 4 (1944-1947)


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 5 (1947-1955)


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 6 (1955-1966)


The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume 7 (1966-1974)


Linotte: The Early Diary of Anais Nin (1914-1920)


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 2. (1920-1923)


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 3 (1923-1927)



The Early Diary of Anais Nin, 1927-1931 Vol. 4


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Fire: From "A Journal of Love" The Unexpurgated Diary of Anas Nin, 1934-1937


Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love" -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1931-1932)


Book Review by Susie Gordon

Incest: From "A Journal of Love" -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anas Nin (1932-1934)


Nearer the Moon: From a Journal of Love : The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1937-1939 (Vol 4)


Essential Anais Nin CD: Excerpts from her Diary and Comments


Anais Nin Herself: Reads Selections from Her Diaries, 1931-1934

Audio Cassette/1992

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Anais Nin Reads Excerpts from the Diary of Anais Nin

Audio Cassette/1993

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Diary of Anais Nin/2 Cassettes

Audio Cassettes/1988

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