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New: Vol. 15 of A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal

This is the final issue of a 15 volume series, and it contains excerpts from Anais Nin's unpublished diary (1955-1966); previously unknown correspondence with Nin by Rupert Pole (1947-1948); essays on Nin, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Gonzalo More, Helba Huara, and Paco Miralles by scholars from around the world, including James Decker, Eduardo Pineda, Joshua Zeller, Rosario Rodriguez Llorens, Katelyn Angell; interviews with John Teunissen (Evelyn Hinz's husband), Nobuko Albery (of Collages fame), and Beatrice Commenge (Nin's French translator); memoirs, including one on Nin by Tristine Rainer; poetry, short fiction, rare photographs, book reviews and artwork. Included is an index to all contributions to A Café in Space during its 15 year span and notes on this year's contributors.

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Anais Nin's Lost World: Paris in Words and Pictures, 1924-1939

Few writers are as legendary as Anaïs Nin. Her diaries, both expurgated and unexpurgated, and a host of biographies have documented her life in an almost unprecedented way, yet she remains shrouded in mystery. Who is the woman behind the myth? Anaïs Nin’s Lost World depicts Nin’s life from the perspective of her surroundings during the most important era in her life—her Paris years, from 1924 to 1939, when she met Henry Miller and came into her own as a writer and as a sensual woman. This book gives us a vivid picture of Nin’s turbulent life in the 1920s and 1930s. Not only was her emotional life chaotic, but she and her husband Hugh Guiler moved several times during their stay in France. Anaïs Nin created many homes in Paris, but she found sumptuous peace in her house in Louveciennes, which Miller dubbed “the laboratory of the soul.” In Anaïs Nin’s Lost World, Britt Arenander allows us to follow in Nin’s and Miller’s footsteps. She has brilliantly woven text and photographs into a tapestry of the Paris that Nin and Miller came to love so much. The book’s unique artwork, including vintage postcards and rare and recent photographs, depicts a Paris that has disappeared and yet lives on in its buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.

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ORDER: Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1947-1955

Anaïs Nin made her reputation through publication of her edited diaries and the carefully constructed persona they presented. It was not until decades later, when the diaries were published in their unexpurgated form, that the world began to learn the full details of Nin’s fascinating life and the emotional and literary high-wire acts she committed both in documenting it and in defying the mores of 1950s America. Trapeze begins where the previous volume, Mirages, left off: when Nin met Rupert Pole, the young man who became not only her lover but later her husband in a bigamous marriage.

It marks the start of what Nin came to call her “trapeze life,” swinging between her longtime husband, Hugh Guiler, in New York and her lover, Pole, in California, a perilous lifestyle she continued until her death in 1977. Today what Nin did seems impossible, and what she sought perhaps was impossible: to find harmony and completeness within a split existence. It is a story of daring and genius, love and pain, largely unknown until now. Official release date: May 15, 2017.

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Auletris: Erotica by Anais Nin

Anais Nin's long lost collection of erotica is finally published after it was originally collected more than 70 years ago. Containing two major sections, "Life in Provincetown" and "Marcel," Auletris is the only Nin erotica published exactly as she wrote it for a private collector in the early 1940s. "Life in Provincetown," a series of intertwined stories, has never been available to the public until now, and "Marcel" is the original, uncut, uncensored version of the story that appears in Nin's Delta of Venus. Insiders are predicting the publication of Auletris will be a major literary event. It is available both in print and digitally.

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Henry Miller: The Last Days by Barbara Kraft

The companion to Barbara Kraft's memoir Anais Nin: The Last Days, this book chronicles the last two years of Henry Miller's life. Kraft, shortly after her beloved friend Anais Nin died, wrote a radio broadcast called "An Open Letter to Henry Miller" praising his work, and when Miller heard it, he contacted her, asking if she'd like to be one of his several rotating cooks. She accepted, and a close friendship ensued, all carefully documented in Kraft's diary, the basis for this memoir. Kraft not only provided Miller with good cuisine and conversation, she also was instrumental in putting a sense of order in Miller's chaotic house in the Pacific Palisades, ensuring, in the end, that he did not die alone. Miller's spirit is alive and well in these pages.  

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The Quotable Anais Nin: 365 Quotations with Citations

Sky Blue Press has released The Quotable Anais Nin as an ebook available on any reading device as well as a print version. Nin, known mainly for her diaries and erotica, is one of the most-often quoted authors on the Web. Finally, in one book, 365 of Anais Nin's most popular quotations have been compiled with citations, which makes this book not only comprehensive, but a useful index. What also makes this collection valuable is that no quotation attributed to Nin appears unless it has been 100% verified that it is hers. This eliminates quotations wrongfully identified as Nin's, such as the "Risk" poem, and "Good things happen to those who hustle."

The quotations are categorized into five sections: "Lust for Life," "Love and Sensuality," "Consciousness," "Women and Men," and "Writing and Art."

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Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1947

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It has been 17 years since Anais Nin's last unexpurgated diary was published, but the wait is over. Mirages tells the story that was left out of The Diary of Anais Nin, volumes 3 and 4, which cover the same time period. The diary opens when Nin arrives in New York after fleeing the war in France, where she had been for some 16 years, her way of life shattered. She had to recreate her life in the harsh climate of New York City, where her writing was spurned, and her ongoing relationship with Henry Miller was dying. In order to cope, she began losing herself in one sexual relationship after another, convinced that somewhere out there was the "One," the man who could answer her voracious need for connection. One of these men was the young Gore Vidal.

Of all the men Nin was with during the 1940s, Vidal was, she felt, the one who truly understood her, whose thought processes matched hers. A love affair began, but one unlike all the others because Vidal was homosexual, a "condition" Nin was convinced analysis could reverse. Many of us are aware of how Vidal castigated Nin in his memoirs, but in Mirages we find out the truth behind the vitriol.

Mirages is the record of a torturous journey through what Nin called the "American desert," one of grief, exhaltation, suffering, miraculous inspiration, and in the end, redemption. A must-have.

"Nin fans will embrace the book’s emotional intensity and sensuality"—Publishers Weekly

“Readers will find Nin a most entertaining companion—her multiple simultaneous relationships with men, her gleefully graphic descriptions of sex acts.... In one late entry, Nin complains, mildly: ‘My world is so large I get lost in it’; readers will do the same—and gratefully so.”Kirkus Reviews

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Anaïs Nin: The Last Days  is a memoir by Barbara Kraft, who spent a great deal of time with her mentor and friend during the last two years of Nin's life. Kraft has done what no biographer, no scholar, no colleague could: capture Nin's indomitable spirit, her refusal to succumb to the disease that ulimately took her life. Kraft's portrayal of Nin and her lover Rupert Pole, who went to superhuman lengths to care for Nin, is done with raw eloquence. An important document of this mysterious time in Nin's life. To read a substantial excerpt from the book, visit The Huffington Post.





The Portable Anais Nin is the definitive collection of Nin's most important writing, compiled, edited and introduced by preeminent Nin scholar Benjamin Franklin V. It is the perfect book for those new to Nin who wish to find out what elements of her works--diary writing, fiction, erotica, critical writing--are the ones they would like to explore more fully. It is also a good read for anyone already familiar with Nin.The book can be ordered in print and as an ebook.   

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