{Wonder Woman Series #5} Anaïs Nin

Good day dolls! I hope the sunshine has come to you all as it has here. We've been happily baking in the warmth. I thought it was time for another 'Wonder Woman' post...many of you may know Anaïs Nin & have read her works. I highly recommend to do so if you haven't. You can read many of her quotes as well as her work and find a world so rich and deep in thought and feeling that you can't help but be compelled by her...well it's how I feel anyways. Many of her words have inspired me in my life and journey of self-discovery, I enjoy women who have something to say & not just something frivolous, but something that hits at the core of your being. I enjoy having a laugh and talking about silly things, but what really gets me is deep feelings and emotions, thoughts about life. And you can't escape that when reading Anaïs' work. These are some of my favourite quotes of hers, though so many left out or we'd be here all day & quick bio. I hope you enjoy her & venture into her books and world very soon!!

Have a marvellous day dolls!!
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Anaïs Nin was born in France. Her father was the composer Joaquin Nin, who grew up in Spain but was born in and returned to Cuba. Her mother, Rosa Culmell y Vigaraud, was of Cuban, French, and Danish ancestry. Anaïs moved to the United States in 1914 after her father deserted the family. In the United States she attended Catholic schools, dropped out of school, worked as a model and dancer, and returned to Europe in 1923.
She studied psychoanalysis with Otto Rank and briefly practiced as a lay therapist in New York. She was a patient of Carl Jung for a time as well. Finding it difficult to get her erotic stories published, Anaïs Nin helped found Siana Editions in France in 1935. By 1939 and the outbreak of World War II she returned to New York, where she became a figure in the Greenwich Village crowd.
An obscure literary figure for most of her life, when her journals -- kept since 1931 -- began to be published in 1966, Anaïs entered the public eye. The ten volumes of 'The Diary of Anaïs Nin' have remained popular. These are more than simple diaries; each volume has a theme, and were likely written with the intent that they later be published. Letters she exchanged with intimate friends, including Henry Miller, have also been published. The popularity of the diaries brought interest in her previously-published novels. The Delta of Venus and Little Birds, originally written in the 1940's, were published after her death (1977, 1979).
Anaïs is known, as well, for her lovers, who included Henry Miller, Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal and Otto Rank. She was married to Hugh Guiler of New York who tolerated her affairs. She also entered into a second, bigamous marriage to Rupert Pole in California. She had the marriage annulled about the time she was achieving more widespread fame. She was living with Pole at the time of her death, and he saw to the publication of a new edition of her diaries, unexpurgated.

From being a cult figure of the early feminist movement, Anaïs later rose to international prominence with her writing. She is best known for her diaries, 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 her diary, vol. 1, 1966), but she also produced a number of novels and a prose poem in surrealistic style as well as wonderful erotic short stories, published posthumously. She was largely ignored until the 1960's; Characterized by the use of powerful and, at times, disquieting imagery, her work reveals great sensitivity and perception. In 1973, she received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.
The ideas of Anaïs about "masculine" and "feminine" natures have influenced that part of the feminist movement known as "difference feminism." She disassociated herself late in her life from the more political forms of feminism, believing that self-knowledge through journaling was the source of personal liberation. She died on January 14th, 1977 after a three year battle with cancer. Today she is regarded as one of the leading women writers of the 20th-century and a source of inspiration for women challenging conventionally defined gender roles. 













We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.



'It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.'




Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.



How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.





{All images & info found via research on the internet}






69 comments

  1. Dolls, you've painted a wonderful picture of Anais, I really enjoy reading those inspired quotes, and I love the hand-drawn poster about being a mermaid! Gorgeous graphics. Xxx

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    1. Such an inspiring wowan :)

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  2. I'm ashamed to say I've never read her. I hereby promise to change all that!

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    1. I hope you do doll, I think you'd enjoy her :))

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  3. I must admit that I didn't know her!! Thanks for sharing her quotes!!!
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  4. you have really done her justice in this post...we get to see a bit of her strong personality. How I loved what she said about being a mermaid...such an amazing women!
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    1. Thank so much, The mermaid one is my favourite too :)) xx

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  5. Marvellous feature, one of my favourites, I grew up reading about her, and still go back to some of her works to read from our home library, it's always an enjoyable and insightful read. Enjoy your day. xx/Madison

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    1. Yes, it's one of those you can read now and again and you gain so much :)) Hope you enjoy your day too xx

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  6. I really love her, she is very inspiring in her own way.
    Have a lovely day, Doll. xxx <3

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    1. Yes, I think so too. She gives something different and doesn't go along with others, but stays herself. You have a lovely ay too xxx <3

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  7. It's so good to know more about an amazing woman.

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  8. She really was a fascinating, fascinating person and writer. Thank you for the insight on her personal life too - what a life!

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    1. my pleasure, I love doing these :))) Have a sweet day doll xoxo

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  9. Such an extraordinary woman!
    Have a great day, doll!
    beijo

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  10. I've never heard of this lady before but she sounds like an absolute icon to me, really interesting lady, all of her quotes are just amazing.

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  11. gorgeous pics

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  12. For some reason I have never read any of her work - yet. But I hope I'll get some time for it this summer! Sh seems like an extraordinary woman that I would have loved to meet in person! :) <3 <3 <3

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy her work :))) Yes, I think the same, I would have loved to know her in real life :))) <3 <3 <3 <3

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  13. I didn't know her! Thanks for dedicating her a post!
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  14. I have never heard of this fascinating lady ... I hope to try and read more. Love the Mermaid quote. Thanks honey.
    M x

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    1. I hope you can read more too, it's wonderful :)) x

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  15. OH I love her - amazing lady and I try to live by her quotes - the mermaid one is fab. Happy day doll,
    Ax

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    1. Am happy you love her too :))) Have a super day sweets x

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  16. Great blog..

    Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin and GFC...
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  17. Hello doll! Thank you for the introduction. I have never read any of her works, but the quotes are so inspirational. I MUST learn more about her! I love strong women. Not bitches mind you. But women who are still womanly yet are not afraid to share their opinions with the world. :) She sounds like an interesting character and one I'd like to get to know. :)

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    1. You're welcome :)) Am happy you enjoyed it, my pleasure xx

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  18. Thanks again for another amazing post of your wonderful series "Wonder Woman"...!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  19. I adore Anais. Enjoyed this feature too.xx

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  20. Beautiful and inspirational woman. Oh, and the weather has been exceptionally great here in Dublin. Very warm and sunny.

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    1. Am glad the weather has been so fine for you, it is great here in Scotland too. You've been lucky to miss the rain to enjoy your trip :)) x

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  21. Wow ,love her <3

    kisses :)

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  22. what an accomplished woman! kizzy, thanks for showcasing her. you always hear about male writers but never many of the women. i love a woman who can WRITE. not sure if i told you, but i closed my yahoo email account down (too much spam) my new email address is averysweetblog@gmail.com love you girl!
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    1. She is. Thanks for letting me know doll. I hope the new one is better for you :))) Love you too xx

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  23. What a great woman, we need some of them!!!
    kisses sweet doll!

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  24. Talk about woman power! She is an amazing writer and I have only read these quotes! You make me want to read her diaries! Love this! I am going to share this! Glad you are having a goo day!

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    1. I hope you do read her diaries doll :))) I hope you are well & have a gorgeous day xx

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  25. i've seen a few of her quotes floating around pinterest, but never knew the woman behind the words. i admire her femininity while holding true to what she believes. truly an inspiration! hope you had an amazing day;)

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  26. amazing stuff!! thanks so much for your kind words on my fitness posts!

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  27. Wow, I need to learn more about this woman! Loved the quotes, so strong, so thoughtful, so deep! Thanks for sharing doll, I love this wonder woman series of yours! Have an absolutely fabulous day!

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    1. I hope your day has been fabulous too doll xx

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  28. Now she belongs to the ages . . .

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  29. I remember loving her in my 20s and reading all of her books. Love that you wrote about her!

    xo Mary Jo

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  30. A great woman!
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  31. She's indeed very inspiring. Thanks for this post. I didn't know of her. Thanks for letting me know of her! :)
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  32. Interesting post!!! Really a fabulous woman!!
    Kisses
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  33. she look so nice and this such an inspiring post!

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  34. Amazing women!!!! thanks for sharing her quotes!!! great post!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend! my g+ for you!!!:)))

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  35. I have to be honest, I didn't know her before but it's great to get to know her!
    Great post, really inspirong!

    Just wanted to let you know that I've changed my blog back to blogspot.

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  36. how very much inspiring she is (as well as your post)

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  37. honestly didn't know, but it was glad to go through, a good read altogether.
    Thanks so much for ur comment on my blog !
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  38. What utterly amazing quotes! I fully understood the one about insecurity and about needing to feel intoxicated and inspired! ;)

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