We recently celebrated her life and work in our TEXT issue which you can still buy here. The piece we published was very kindly written for us by a knowledgeable chap called Paul Herron who knows everything about Nin and runs a publishing company called Sky Blue Press. He set the company up after accumulating over 500 pages of content from more than 60 contributors for the book Anais Nin: A Book of Mirrors, an anthology of reactions to Nin's life and work. Paul decided that, rather than letting a zealous editor hack the work about, it'd be better if he published it himself. And so he did.
For those of you who haven't yet bought the issue we'll summarise briefly here what you've missed. Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell was born on the 21st February 1903 in Neuilly, France. A small, sickly child, she was called 'ugly' by her father, Joaquín, and quickly abandoned by him. She and her two brothers were shuttled off to America and lived a difficult life.
She was a voracious lover and in 1931 met Henry Miller, the notorious writer of Tropic of Cancer, with whom she started an intense affair. She was also working on her fist book and the two spurred each other on in their literary ambitions. Henry was married to June, who was having an affair with someone else in New York and when Anais' father Joaquín turned up in 1933, Anais had an affair with him too. Then the war intervened and Anais and Hugh, who was still around, returned to America where she added another chapter to her 'erotic madness' by marrying Rupert Pole without divorcing Hugh.
We were so busy post-Christmas with our summer event season that we couldn't find the time to close ourselves away in a studio and record our first podcast but the ever industrious Paul went ahead and did the podcast himself and then he sent it to us to share with you. We're sorry we're not on it but we love it all the same.
Click on the audio file below to hear more...