Thursday 13 #1

19 Mar

I found this gem of a blog called Sandier Pastures great blog you should check it out.  Well I love these meme thingy’s so, from what I can tell from looking at other blogs; I am guessing is that you pick a fact( person, place or thing ) and you have to name 13 things about it. 
And I know it’s Tuesday but, I thought I would join in late and pick up on Thursday.  If you want to join I am trying to put the code on my blog…  ( PLEASE JOIN ME!! )
For the next four weeks I am going to name authors I love
I hope I do this right!!

Anais Nin

1.  Anaïs Nin -born her birth name was:
Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell-  Oh boy is that a mouth full, can you imagine??  No wonder she has such a short name!

2.  Born- February 21, 1903  ( Awesome she was a picses)

3.  Her nationality was french and cuban

4. She  became famous for her published journals, she bagan writing when she was 11 and wrote for more then 60 years, ending shortly before her death.

5. She was married a buncha times-Her first husband was Hugh Parker Guiler, a banker and artist, whom she married as a young woman in March 1923.
Rupert Pole, whom she married in 1955 while still married to Guiler, was a forester and the step-grandson of architect
Frank Lloyd Wright. After the death of Hugh Guiler in 1985,
WHEW that is quite a few husbands… I have a hard time keeping up with one!

6. She was a diarist. Her journals, which span several decades, provide a deeply explorative insight into her personal life and relationships. 

7.  Let’s talk Erotica baby!!
Nin is of the most fabulous writers of female erotica. She was one of the first women to really explore the realm of erotic writing, and certainly the first prominent woman in modern Europe to write erotica. Before her, erotica written by women was very infrequent except for a few writers such as Kate Chopin.

8.  She got her first taste of erotica (Volume I of her diaries, 1931-1934,) when her mother and two brothers returned to Paris in her late teens. They rented the apartment of an American man who was going away for the summer, and Nin came across a number of French paperbacks: “One by one, I read these books, which were completely new to me. I had never read erotic literature in America… They overwhelmed me. I was innocent before I read them, but by the time I had read them all, there was nothing I did not know about sexual exploits… I had my degree in erotic lore.”

9.  In a desprate attempt for money she started to write her erotic for 1.00 a page( talk about check labor!)to an annonymous “collector” thinking her writeing was rediclous she never intended the work to be published, but changed her mind in the early 1970s and allowed them to be published as “Delta of Venus” and “Little Birds”.

10.  In 1973 she received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art.  AND was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.

11.  Quote-able Quotes from Anais Nin:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
“This diary is my kief, hashish, and opium pipe. This is my drug and my vice.”
“…for no one has ever loved an adventurous woman as they have loved adventurous men.”
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
“I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling, be all that I am capable of doing, but I am going to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.”
“How wrong is it for women to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it herself.”

12. Literary Works:
 D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study
Winter of Artifice
Under a Glass Bell
Delta of Venus
Little Birds 
Interior, in five volumes:

  • Ladders to Fire
  • Children of the Albatross
  • The Four-Chambered Heart
  • A Spy in the House of Love
  • Seduction of the Minotaur
    The Diary of Anaïs Nin 7 volumes
  • The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin 4 volumes
    The Novel of the Future
    In Favor of the Sensitive Man
    Henry and June
    Nearer the Moon13.  She died in Los Angeles, California on January 14, 1977; her body was cremated, and her ashes were scattered over Santa Monica Bay. In 1990 Philip Kaufman directed the film Henry & June based on Nin’s novel Henry and June from The Journal of Love – The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1931-1932.


    One Response to “Thursday 13 #1”

    1. Grace March 20, 2008 at 4:22 am #

      Hi! Thanks for your kind words. Glad you got a cue to start a TT through my blog. 🙂

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