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Artist: Lydia Modi-Vitale, n.d.
The Diaries of Anais Nin (1903-1977) describe 40 years of the French author's
experience in love and art. A writer not only of diaries, but also of criticism
and fiction, Nin authored a collection of stories, The Delta of Venus, that
stands as a crucial early work in female erotica. Nin was also interested in
psychotherapy, which she studied with Otto Rank, an disciple of Sigmund Freud.
In addition Nin was very much involved, both as a friend, a colleague and often
as a lover, with important writers and critics such as Henry Miller, Edmund
Wilson, Gore Vidal, James Agee, and Lawrence Durrell.
Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) is best known for his The Alexandria Quartet (1957-60), which chronicles from four perspectives a set of events and people who circulate through Alexandria, Egypt in the years before and during World War II. An admirer of Henry Miller and Anais Nin, Durrell brought subtlety and eloquence to the exploration of his characters' affairs.
Manley knew Nin, who saw her perform. Manley is mentioned in Diaries VII, p. 82:
"Beatrice Blau gives masterful performance in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days."
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