December 1931: Anaïs Nin meets Henry Miller

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1931Anaïs Nin and her husband Hugh Guiler move to a home in Louveciennes, at the west of Paris.
Hugh is a banker and artist ; Anaïs, 28, is a writer and a committed diarist writing her journals since age 11, currently working on an essay about D.H. Lawrence.

In December 1931, she meets author Henry Miller and her wife June at her home.
Somewhat bored by her life with Hugh, she instantly feels attracted to Henry and June.

Her behavior changes dramatically: she is no longer a shy wife, but a sensual woman unafraid of her desires.
She will never consume her infatuation with June, but experiences a passionate and physical relationship with Henry.

Henry will call her home at Louveciennes “The Laboratory of the Soul”, as it becomes a meeting place for writers and painters, from Antonin Artaud and Lawrence Durrell to Brassaï… most of whom she has physical relationships with.

1932 – She meets psychoanalyst René Allendy. Initially skeptic about psychoanalysis, she rapidly takes interest in it… and becomes intimate with René as well.

She then consult Otto Prank, former colleague of Sigmund Freud. Her therapy sessions with him are revelations, helping her to express what remained unsaid in her diaries.

Shortly after, she follows Otto Prank in the United States, as his assistant… and lover.

1940 – Needing money, she writes erotic fiction for a private collector.
Some of these short stories will be compiled in the anthologies Delta of Venus & Little Birds published shortly after her death in 1977.

book_side_icon&16Four of her diaries related to Henri and June Miller were compiled in 1986 in the book Henri and June: From a Journal of Love.

movie_icon&16In 1990 Philip Kaufman, director of an adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Hemingway & Gellhorn, adapted Henry & June for the big screen in 1990, co-written by his wife, Rose Kaufman.

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movie_icon&16Delta of Venus has been adapted by director Zalman King in 1995.

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