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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 6: 1955-1966

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Nin continues her debate on the use of drugs versus the artist's imagination, portrays many famous people in the arts, and recounts her visits to Sweden, the Brussels World's Fair, Paris, and Venice. "[Nin] looks at life, love, and art with a blend of gentility and acuity that is rare in contemporary writing" (John Barkham Reviews). Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stu ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 3rd 1977 by Mariner Books (first published 1976)
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
You can't help but really admire Nin's craft; she continued pressing forward and writing books in her genre despite people rejecting them as being too neurotic. But finally in Volume 6, Nin experiences the success she so deserves.

I'm still not sure why she felt the need to do LSD. I mean it’s not the first time I heard her talk about it but it does surprise me that she was willing to do that for her craft. Crazy or genius? Regardless of what I think, it was definitely a learning experience for h
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: life-long diarists, those afflicted with writer's block, surrealist filmmakers, LSD fiends
these books take a while to power through--i worked on this volume off & on for almost a week. it weighs in at 400 pages, & the publishers manage to pack a lot of words on to each page. it makes me realize how large fonts, pargins, & line spaces have grown in the last thirty years. no wonder we're living in an age of such itellectual complacency.

this volume spans a whopping eleven years, all of it spent living in the united states, mostly in california, with occasional jaunts to new york, where
Joel Duff
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing self-analysis and philosophical reflection. And it builds to a penultimate crescendo with the cadence of a novel. Strip away the fashionable names and the portraits in this book retain a lucid and captivatingly intimate quality. Loved it.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, Anais articulates her careful, uncompromising dedication to the personal life lived deeply. She finally receives the widespread recognition she deserves in America and publishes the first volume of her diary.

I feel like the usual criticism of Anais' diary--that it is narcissistic, inconsistent, feminine indulgent, self-appropriating, fictionalizing--has its foundation in misinterpretation of genre. The diary is her universe of personal mythology unfolding. To examine the diary as an
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This volume covers eleven years. Mostly it is Anaïs Nin continuing to print/distribute her books, then she meets Alan Swallow, who later connects her with Harcourt-Brace. I feel so happy that Nin publishes the first volume of her diary by the end of volume six.

Many letters and book reviews are excerpted here, and she maintains a correspondence with Jim Herlihy (writer/friend whose diary she feels connected to but as he becomes more successful, she disconnects from his work b/c it becomes more "
lady sangria
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nothing short of amazing. I got to know her better through the journals than people I have known for years. I'm not sure of another writer who has had as big of an impact on me as Anais Nin. ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read 315 pages of this 430 page book, but I’m counting this as read because it’s ridiculously dense, that it’s a diary format means it jumps from story to story and makes it hard to follow, and I just learned Anaïs Nin had an incestuous relationship with her father that, while not in this volume, makes everything she says a lil gross.

But there are glorious moments I’ve highlighted and screenshot and kept. So 4 stars, and I’m counting it as finished.
Courtney Turner
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought Anais Nin was a femme fatale who had scandalous affairs and that her diary was like a little black book. Randomly picked up vol 6, and it is amazing. She is so insightful, deep, authentic. The things that she writes about are things that still are relevant now, about the challenges of a creative life, of staying true to one's voice, the ebb and flow of friendships, people who don't "get" you, crazy parents, one's inner demons. She has lyrical passages on visiting Paris and Venice. Her ...more
Shade Aura Melanson
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love these books because I can totally relate to the author. very good writing, story and I can just relate with her on everything. great woman.
Ashley Harbison
Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Ditto For The Last Time!
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One of my favourites.
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Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
Maybe earlier years are more interesting.... Anyway it`s quite interesting as long as she doesn`t go too far into philosophy and psychoanalysis. Gives good insight in 1950s cultural life. ...more
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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

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