Author, Literary Critic, Poet. Born in Neuilly, France to Spanish Composer Joaquin Nin and his French-Danish wife, Rosa Culmell. In her diaries, Nin would describe that those early years with her father included incest and her later struggles with this would lead her into a study of psychoanalysis. Her father would eventually abandon the young family when she was eleven. Her mother took her and her brothers to the US where they would live in New York also spending some of their time with relatives in Cuba. She developed her writing talents early, working out her feelings about the break up of her parent’s marriage in what would be the beginning of her famous diaries. In 1923, she married banker Hugo Guiler, who like her had an interest in literature. He was wealthy, and when they moved to Paris for his work in the following year they were able to support struggling artists. Among them would be author Henry Miller with whom she not only shared a lengthy and on-going passionate literary discussion, but also a passionate love affair which like their correspondence would last for many years. For awhile, this relationship included Miller’s second wife June and would later become the basis of the film “Henry and June”. Nin and her husband returned to New York at the outbreak of WW II. In her diaries, Nin would spend a lifetime analyzing herself and those around her. She pursued affairs with other men besides Miller and spoke eloquently in her diary of what she learned from these lovers as well as what she learned in her experiences in life. Nin would also write several works of fiction and poetry much of it autobiographical. Among the more famous of these works were “The Four Chambered Heart”, “House of Incest”, “Ladders to Fire”, “A Spy in the House of Love”, and “Under a Glass Bell”. Two books of Erotica, “The Delta of Venus” and “The Little Bird” would receive a great deal of notoriety after her death. Her first published work would be literary study of one of her favorite authors, DH Lawrence. Nin remained married to her husband despite her unfaithfulness and occasions where they lived separate lives. In her latter years, she would divide her time between New York and Los Angeles. She eventually developed cancer and died in her home in Los Angeles.
Bio by: Catharine