Anais Nin on Printing Her Own Books

"The relation to handicraft is nourishing, beautiful. Related bodily to a solid block of lead letters, to the weight of the composition tray, to the adroitness of spacing, the tempo and temper of the machine - you acquire some of the weight of the lead, the strength and power of the machine, the bodily conquests… Continue reading Anais Nin on Printing Her Own Books

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55 Reading Questions

I saw these questions on Follow The Thread, and liked the way they approached reading, and the fact they were just for bloggers - so I thought I'd give them a go! 1. Favourite childhood book? When I was very young it was The Worst Witch, and then Lord of the Flies when I was slightly… Continue reading 55 Reading Questions

Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin

As those who read my review of Nin's novel A Spy in the House of Love will know, I have always heard of this strange and exotic writer but have never known much about her. This edition of a section of her unexpurgated (uncensored) diary therefore promised to teach me more about the elusive Anais.… Continue reading Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

I came to hear of Djuna Barnes when I started reading Anais Nin, who was influenced by her. I read a little about Barnes and liked what I read - she was an American in Paris in the 1920s, wrapped up in the Modernist scene. I read recommendations from TS Eliot. This was enough to… Continue reading Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin

Anais Nin is a name I have been familiar with for years, but an author I knew very little about. I only knew her to be a writer from the early 20th century, whose novels were often very erotic. I had always heard of A Spy in the House of Love and was always intrigued by the… Continue reading A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin