At least since the publication of the first volume of The Diary of Anais Nin in 1966, perceptive readers have wondered about the life of Nin. Was it as she depicts it? The three volumes that have appeared so far of her posthumously published "unexpurgated" Diary dramatically revise her earlier presentation of herself, thus raising further questions about this mysterious woman.
Recollections of Anais Nin presents Nin through the eyes of twenty-six people who knew her. She is the unconventional, distant aunt; the thoughtful friend; the owner of the strangely disarming voice; the author eager for attention yet hyper-sensitive to criticism; the generous advisor to a literary magazine; the lover; the beautiful septuagenarian; the recommender of books-- the contributors elaborate on these and many other perceptions of Nin.
Readers of this book will meet one of the most enigmatic literary women of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Shirley Ariker, Anna Balakian, Lili Bita, Anatole Broyard, William Burford, William Claire, Sas Colby, John Ferrone, Stephanie Gauper, Valerie Harms, Suzette Henke, Rochelle Holt, Philip Jason, Bettina Knapp, Barbara Kraft, Victor Lipari, Deena Metzger, Lila Rosenblum, Gayle Nin Rosenkrantz, Charles Ruas, Duane Schneider, Sharon Spencer, Rob Wynne, Robert Zaller, Harriet Zinnes, and the editor.