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Who was the diarist Anais Nin?

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Anaïs Nin was an author who wrote diaries or journals from age 11 until she died in 1977 at age 74. In addition to her journals, she wrote novels, critical studies, essays, short stories and erotica.

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Scholars judge her most important published work to be her diaries or journals, which span several decades and provide deep insight into her personal life and relationships. She wrote often about prominent authors, artists, psychoanalysts and other public figures whom she knew intimately. As a writer of erotica she is proclaimed one of the finest. She was certainly one of the first well-known female authors to venture into this genre. Much of her work, including her erotic writings “Delta of Venus” and “Little Birds,” was published after her death.

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