Anaïs Nin


Born
in Neuilly, France
February 21, 1903

Died
January 14, 1977

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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 women challenging conventionally defined gender roles.

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“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
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“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.”
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“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
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September 2020 Short Story/Novella Poll

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol, 31 pages, 1836
 
  69 votes, 22.7%

 
  66 votes, 21.7%

 
  55 votes, 18.1%

Under a Glass Bell by Anaïs Nin, 101 pages, 1944
 
  37 votes, 12.2%

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages, 1872
 
  28 votes, 9.2%

Youth by Joseph Conrad, 30 pages, 1898
 
  26 votes, 8.6%

The Star-Title Story by Arthur C. Clarke, 4-6 pages, 1955
 
  23 votes, 7.6%

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