In the first biography written with exclusive access to Anais Nin's complete, original diary and with the full cooperation of her surviving husband, family and friends, Bair offers a dazzling exploration of one of the most complex and complexing women of our time. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of a prolific and talented writer whose most ...
In the first biography written with exclusive access to Anais Nin's complete, original diary and with the full cooperation of her surviving husband, family and friends, Bair offers a dazzling exploration of one of the most complex and complexing women of our time. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of a prolific and talented writer whose most compelling subject was herself. Photos.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-29 Biography of Nin, a bohemian writer best known for her voluminous diary and her sexually explicit fiction. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-02-06 Nin (1903-1977) is largely regarded as a sometimes risibly affected writer of erotic fiction (The House of Incest) and of a voluminous and sexually frank diary. National Book Award winner Bair (Samuel Beckett: A Biography) maintains that Nin is ``a major minor writer'' ready for critical rehabilitation. That claim is neglected as the author herself focuses on the stormy, lurid erotic history of an undeniably self-absorbed woman. Nin befriended James Merrill, Gore Vidal and Henry Miller, had affairs with Miller and her analyst, Otto Rank, and was a bigamist for half her life. The first biographer with access to Nin's complete diary, Bair uncovers extensive documentation of an incestuous relationship between Nin and her father, as well as suggestions of a sexual liaison with her brother Thorvald. The evidence for the latter exists only in the diaries, which Nin rewrote so heavily that their validity is suspect; one critic calls them ``liaries.'' The basis for Nin's fiction, the diaries were themselves intended for publication. Vidal assailed Nin for her ``thundering solipsism''?a charge Bair tacitly endorses without any complementary argument about the aesthetic stature of a woman whose career rested on ``the fascination of herself as a subject.'' (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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