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Author of the Week, Anaïs Nin, March 15


Anaïs Nin

(Diarist, Short Stories, Novels,  Essays)

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

“We don’t have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.”


Anaïs Nin (1903 — 1977) was a French-Cuban author and 20th century diarist, based in France and later in the United States.  She began what became her life-long work of art in 1914 at the age of eleven and kept writing until her death 63 years later in 1977. The novelist and short story writer gained international fame with her journals. She is well-known for her relationship with Henry Miller, and his wife, June. Much of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published after she died. Nin believed that consciousness is a stream of images and words that flow from us as long as we live, and something to be shared.


The Wisdom of Anais Nin: 5 minutes!

Why I Write by Anais Nin (2 minutes):


Readers, many of you know that I have as special place in my heart for dead authors. Anais Nin is very dear to me because Nin is a part of my novel Greylock in the character of  Lia Marrs. I spent weeks researching Nin’s life, her art, and her feminine brio that dramatizes the complexity of women.  As a bonus, you can read her short story The Houseboat here at Reading Fiction Blog:


Visit the Anais Nin Foundation: https://theanaisninfoundation.org/

Visit Nin’s author profile on Amazon:



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