Collection Description

The Nin Literary Collection contains books, manuscripts, documents, photographs, taped interviews, records and other memorabilia of Dr. Evelyn Hinz and Dr. John Teunissen. The subject of this collection is generally 20th century literature with a concentration on Anaïs Nin, D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and related writers, as well as the scholarship of Drs. Hinz and Teunissen.

Anaïs Nin: Biography

Anaïs Nin was born in Neuilly, France, February 21, 1903, to Joaquin Nin and Rosa Culmell and moved to New York in 1914 with her mother and siblings, after her father abandoned the family. She began her diary at this time and continued the diary throughout her life. She married banker Hugh P. Guiler in Cuba in 1923 and moved to Paris with him in 1931, where she published her first book, D.H. Lawrence : An Unprofessional Study (1932) and associated with and cultivated writers and artists, including Antonin Artaud, Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Gonzalo Moré. She began psychoanalysis with Dr. Réne Allendy and later with Otto Rank, a protege of Sigmund Freud. She published The House of Incest (1936) and Winter of Artifice (1939) while in Europe. She returned to New York and began to publish her own work under the imprint of the Gemor Press, including Under a Glass Bell (1944), This Hunger (1945) and limited editions of The House of Incest and Winter of Artifice. Her husband, Hugh Guiler, using the name Ian Hugo, became a filmmaker and engraver, while maintaining his banking career. Nin published several more books of fiction, including Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four-chambered Heart (1950), A Spy in the House of Love (1954), Solar Barque (1958), Cities of the Interior (1959) and Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). In 1947 she met Rupert Pole and accompanied him on a cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles, with stops in New Orleans and Taos. She spent the next several years living in New York and Los Angeles, continuing to write in her diary and establishing herself in the creative community of Los Angeles. She took up permanent residence in Los Angeles in 1961. The publication of the first volume of her diary in 1966 brought Nin world-wide attention. The diaries were subsequently published in 7 volumes, 1966-1980. Unexpurgated volumes were published following the death of Hugh Guiler in 1985. Nin died in Los Angeles in 1977.