• Incest: The Unexpurgated Diaries of Anaïs Nin
‘The turbulence of the prose, compared with that of the previous diaries, fully conveys a life lived at white-heat intensity and in total honestly: a remarkable psychological and literary talent.’ – Chicago Tribune

Novelist Anaïs Nin’s Incest diary entries written between 1932 and 1934 reveal secrets so shocking that they were suppressed even after she began publishing her celebrated diaries in 1966 and remained unpublished until after her death.

Exploring a woman’s love life with rarely equalled candour, subtlety and insight, Nin deals openly with a variety of sexual relationships and unsparingly with their complex psychological consequences. Incest is not only the story of her shadowy relationship with her renowned pianist father, Joaquin Nin, but also affairs with two analysts, the writer Antonin Artaud, serious infatuations with two cousins, one of them a girl, all at the time as she was married to a Paris financier …

Since the original publication of Incest scholars have voiced doubts about the truth of Nin’s affair with her father. Nevertheless, this remains a fascinating and unforgettable record of erotic freedom and one of Anaïs Nin’s signature works

‘The largeness of [Nin’s] contribution will remain.’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Rarely does the literature of the 20th century reflect one of the great and transcending experiences: the emancipation of women. Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy dealt with the issue … Anaïs Nin eclipses both of them.’ – Los Angeles Times
‘Her extraordinary, tangled self-analysis is a disarming record of her emotional and creative growth.’ – Publishers Weekly


Anaïs Nin (1903–1977) was a feminist writer, best known for her erotic novels and her diaries and journals which were published in several volumes. Born to hispanic parents in France, Nin led a bohemian lifestyle in Paris and New York, in the company of artists and writers, most famously Henry Miller, a relationship which became the subject of the film Henry and June. Today she is a modern icon, for the quality of her writing – both in her fiction and in her remarkably candid journals – for her commitment to feminist ideals and for her notorious sexual adventurism.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 1st February 2014
ISBN Number 9780720615821
Pages 400

Incest: The Unexpurgated Diaries of Anaïs Nin

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