She was an author, a philosopher, a makeshift psychoanalyst, a flamenco dancer, an actress and an international woman of mystery. Her love affairs were legendary, and her tell-all erotica is hailed by critics as the finest ever written.

Born To Be Wild

Anais Nin, birth name “Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell” (you can see why she shortened it!) was born on this day, February 21, 1903 in Nueilly, France. Her father, Joaquín Nin, was Cuban pianist of Spanish descent, and her mother Rosa Culmell, was a Cuban singer of French and Danish descent. Even at birth she seemed destined for an artistic life which would lead her across continents. 

Sadly, her parents separated when Anais was only two years old. Rosa then took Anais and her brothers to Barcelona and later New York City.  Anais began high school but dropped out at age sixteen. She then…

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4 thoughts on “Anais Nin: Writer, Wildcat, Bigamist and Bon Vivant

  1. I’ve collected many of Anais Nin’s writings and quote her in my stories. Her life and diaries seems to be far more interesting than her books but even her books have that edgy quality of post war French underground and an intellect rare in these times of sophomoric journalism. I wonder if she wasn’t born a century too soon.

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