Available now: Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1947
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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A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal, volume 12
Volume 12 contains an excerpt from the forthcoming Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1947-1955 that reveals what went on behind the scenes at the famous "Come As Your Madness" party which caused an underground sensation and inspired the movie Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. There was much more to it than the costumes and characters wearing them--in fact, it was in some ways a personal disaster for Anais Nin. Kim Krizan, a frequent contributor, debunks the myth that Anais Nin was an apolitical egotist who only cared about her personal life. Her article "Political Nin" includes previously unknown correspondence between Nin and her husband in the aftermath of the JFK assassination that not only reveals her abhorrence of the act, but gives us a clue of why she left such feelings out of her diary. Also included in Volume 12 are studies of Nin's fiction and diaries, an examination of the relationship Nin had with Henry Miller, a report from Louveciennes, France, a look at the humor of the Durrell brothers, poetry, art, and book reviews.
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NOTE: Volume 12 will also be available in digital format.
More from Sky Blue Press
Sky Blue Press has released The Quotable Anais Nin as an ebook available on any reading device. Nin, known mainly for her diaries and erotica, is one of the most-often quoted authors on the Web. Finally, in one book, more than 350 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."
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.
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