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Portrait of Anaïs Nin in the 1970s
Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell

(1903-02-21)February 21, 1903
Died January 14, 1977(1977-01-14) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality Cuban American
Occupation Author
Organization International College, Los Angeles
Hugh Parker Guiler
(m. 1923; her death 1977)
Rupert Pole (bigamy)
(m. 1955; annul. 1966)
Joaquín Nin
  • Rose Culmell
Relatives Joaquín Nin-Culmell (brother)
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Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977), known professionally as Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban American writer of short stories.

Born to Cuban parents in France, Nin was the daughter of composer Joaquín Nin and Rosa Culmell, a classically trained singer, she spent her early years in Spain and Cuba, then later her remaining years in the United States, where she became an established author.

Beginning at age eleven, Nin wrote large quantities of journals for six decades and even up until her death. In addition to her journals, Nin wrote several novels, critical studies, essays and short stories.

Nin once worked at Lawrence R. Maxwell Books, located at 45 Christopher Street in New York City. In addition to her work as a writer, Nin appeared in several films, including the Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) and Bells of Atlantis (1952), a film directed by Guiler under the name "Ian Hugo" with a soundtrack of electronic music by Louis and Bebe Barron. In her later life, Nin worked as a tutor at the International College in Los Angeles.

Nin spent her later life in Los Angeles, California.


Nin died of ancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on January 14, 1977. Her body was cremated, and her ashes were scattered over Santa Monica Bay in Mermaid Cove.


The explosion of the feminist movement in the 1960s gave feminist perspectives on Nin's writings of the past twenty years, which made Nin a popular lecturer at various universities; contrarily, Nin dissociated herself from the political activism of the movement. In 1973, prior to her death, Nin received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was also elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974, and in 1976 was presented with a Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year award.

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