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Anais Nin: Born 2/21
The writer Anais Nin (1903-1977) of Cuban and Danish descent,was a Parisian bohemian, married to a banker, an avid journal keeper and promiscuous wife. The details of her many love affairs with writers and artists in Paris spanning the 1930’s into WWII were chronicled in journals, which were later published in fifteen volumes. The most current publication (2013) of diary excerpts is entitled: Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin 1939-1947. Nin was a prodigious journal keeper, writing…
“It was while writing a Diary that I discovered how to capture the living moments… Of these the most important is naturalness and spontaneity. These elements sprung, I observed, from my freedom of selection: in the Diary I only wrote of what interested me genuinely, what I felt most strongly at the moment, and I found this fervor, this enthusiasm produced a vividness which often withered in the formal work. Improvisation, free association, obedience to mood, impulse, bought forth countless images, portraits, descriptions, impressionistic sketches, symphonic experiments, from which I could dip at any time for material.”
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