Nin, Anaïs

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Name
Nin, Anaïs Gender: F
Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Edelmira Nin y Culmell
born on 21 February 1903 at 20:25 (= 8:25 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Bessiere
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 02°02' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°14 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 04°58'



Biography

French writer who authored 60 diaries in her 74 years about her SELF (often capitalized), working on perfecting her self-absorption and sex-life. Introspective from youth, she began her diaries at 15. She published four of the diaries from 1966 to 1971. Nin fancied herself an artist, when, in fact, she was a minor writer and a very, very sensitive bore. She nonetheless became an icon for the feminist movement in the 1970s, presenting herself as having successfully defied the conventions of woman's traditional role. She was the among the first to write of personal explorations about sex, self and psychoanalysis. Her marriages and affairs were detailed in her books, Diaries I to IV.

Her dad was the philandering Spanish composer, Joaquin Nin, who abandoned the family when she was 11 but continued to be the overshadowing figure in her life. She would write long letters to her absent dad, detailing the family's daily life. When her dad deserted the family, her mom took the three kids to New York.

Nin worked as a fashion and artist model as well as a Spanish dancer. She both studied and practiced psychoanalysis as well. She was among the first to explore in print three of this century's biggest preoccupations: sex, the self and psychoanalysis. Nin's emphasis on the intimate, personal and instinctual were feminine traits she believed could be used in the reconstruction of a more sensitive world. Her first book, published when she was 27, was about D.H. Lawrence with whom she agreed that lies were essential because most people could not stomach the naked truth. She would brag about lying "bravely, ironically, dually, triply."

Nin clung obsessively to the book that nourished her living; her diary, her "one true friend." She kept both real and false diaries, editing and rewriting them throughout her life in a never-ending recreation of self. Some say her writing reveals a portrait of monstrous egotism and selfishness, horrifying in its callous indifference.

In Diary I she wrote about Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Otto Rank and Antonin Artaud. Aware of their celebrity, Nin traded on it to entice publication of her entire set of diaries. In her first period of "erotic madness," which she called "a search for the father," she pitted one man against another. In 1933 after a separation of nearly 20 years, she met and seduced her own father who was then 54.

Quixotic in her choice of lovers, Nin was pragmatic when it came to husbands. Both husbands were gullible, compliant, steadfast men who gave her unstinting support. In 1923 she married a banker, Hugh Guiler, called "Hugo." Hugo paid for the publication of many of her books and made possible the glamorous, art-infested life she led. He turned a blind eye to her love affairs with Henry Miller and her psychoanalysts. In 1934 she became pregnant, the first of several subsequent aborted pregnancies. She aborted her six-month old, stillborn daughter and fictionalized the event in "Under a Glass Bell." During the period of conception, she was intimate with Hugo, her father, and Miller. She insisted that Miller was the father but never told him she was pregnant. In 1955 she married Rupert Pole bigamously for she had not divorced Hugo.

She died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on 1/14/1977, at 11:55 P.M. Her death certificate cited as causes cardiorespiratory arrest, severe malnutrition and widespread metastatic carcinoma. Nin’s illness became symptomatic in 1969: "The cancer began in the vagina."

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • parent relationship with Nin, Joaquin (born 29 September 1879)
  • spousal equivalent relationship with Miller, Henry (born 26 December 1891). Notes: they were lovers

Events

  • Relationship : Marriage 1920 (Ian Hugh)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1923 (Hugh Guiler (Hugo))
  • Relationship : First Sex 1933 (Had sex with her own father)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1934 (Abortion)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1955 (Rupert Pole)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1966 (First of four diaries published)
  • Death by Disease 14 January 1977 at 11:30 PM in Los Angeles (Cancer, age 73)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Jany Bessiere 12/1991. (8:25 PM Paris time) (Nancy Weart sent three pages from Henry Miller's "Red Notebook" 9/1991 that gave Nin's data handwritten in the book, for 8:30 PM.)

Biography: Deirdre Bair "Anais Nin."

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Emotional (Hyper-sensitive)
  • Traits : Personality : Vain/ Self-absorbed (All about ME)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Incest (Sex with her dad at 30)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Age 11 when dad deserted family)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Poligamist, didn't divorce first husband)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two, both husbands gullible)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Abortions (Multiple abortions)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many lovers)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model (Fashion, artist model)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Spanish dancer, secondary)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychologist (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Publisher)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women

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