Volume 11 of A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal will be available shortly.
Contents include the My Friend Henry Miller scandal of 1955, when Miller's friend Alfred Perles chose to write about Nin's and Miller's love affair in Paris, which caused Nin to embark on a crusade to keep her name out of the book. Long faded from memory, letters from Miller, Perles and Nin reveal how bitter this event was.
The word "hate" does not occur often in Nin's diary, but when it came to describing Nin's lover Gonzalo More's wife, Helba Huara, it was everywhere. Excerpts from the published and unpublished diary make up this "Diary of Hate" and expose Nin's almost obsessional disgust and rage directed at the one-time exotic Peruvian dancer.
Articles by Jean Owen and Bruce Redwine explore the "incest theme" in Nin's and Lawrence Durrell's work, respectively. Yuko Yaguchi explains the long "odyssey" that is Nin's The Winter of Artifice, John Tytell recalls a fateful meeting with Nin at a party, Kim Krizan describes the difficulties the cosmopoliton Anais Nin had living in 1950s America, and a collection of photographs taken during a 1924 vacation in Woodstock, NY, which was a cathartic event for Nin and her youngs husband Hugh Guiler. Poetry by Kennedy Gammage, and a look at Nin's friends' criticism of her work round out the issue.
Cafe 11 is already available as a Kindle book.
Posted by Nancy Shiffrin on 2nd Apr 2014
An amazing collection of profound work on Nin and her world providing increasingly deeper understanding of her contribution to the world of letters.
One increasingly grasps her struggles and triumphs as she move to make her message known. An invaluable resource for lovers of Nin, of women authors, of fine literature. Nancy Shiffrin