Correspondence between Anaïs Nin and Joaquín Nin, 1933–1940
Biography & Memoirs
Anaïs Nin, Joaquin Nin, Paul Herron (Editor)
Ohio University Press/Swallow Press
Bulgarian, Danish, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966). Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is regarded as one of the leading female writers of the 20th century and a source of inspiration for ...
The incestuous affair between the writer Anaïs Nin and her father, the pianist-composer Joaquín Nin, is well documented in the volume of her unexpurgated diary published under the title Incest. What has been missing from that account is Joaquín’s point of view. Reunited: The Correspondence of Anaïs and Joaquín Nin, 1933–1940 presents more than one hundred intimate communications between these two artistic geniuses, revealing not only the dynamics of their complex relationship but also why Anaïs spent her life in a never-ending battle to feel loved, appreciated, and understood. "Reunited" collects the correspondence between Anaïs and Joaquín just before, during, and after the affair, which commenced in 1933, twenty years after he had abandoned his ten-year-old daughter and the rest of his family. These letters were long believed to have been destroyed and lost to history. In 2006, however, a folder containing Joaquín’s original letters to his daughter was discovered in Anaïs’s Los Angeles home, along with a second folder of her letters to him. Together, these letters tell the story of an absent father’s attempt to reconnect with his adult daughter and how that rapprochement quickly turned into an illicit sexual relationship.
“The sharp focus of this volume on Nin and her father results in a powerful narrative of an ambiguous relationship and a disturbing experiment that went wrong. Reunited is a must for readers familiar with Anaїs Nin’s works, but it will be equally interesting to those who have never read Nin before.” _Anita Jarczok, author of Writing an Icon: Celebrity Culture and the Invention of Anaїs Nin