Anaïs Nin (nihn) published numerous volumes of perceptive literary criticism. Her highly acclaimed first book of nonfiction, D. H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study, appeared in 1932. In 1968, near the end of her career, she wrote The Novel of the Future, partly as an attempt to explain the literary philosophy that inspired her innovative fiction. In 1976, she published a collection of her essays, In Favor of the Sensitive Man, and Other Essays. During the last decade of her life, Nin was extremely active as a public speaker. A Woman Speaks: The Lectures, Seminars, and Interviews of Anaïs Nin, edited by Evelyn J. Hinz, was published in 1975.
Nin’s published short stories, like her criticism, span her career. The most distinguished collection is Under a Glass Bell, and Other Stories (1944). Her apprentice writing is available in another collection, Waste of Timelessness, and Other Early Stories (1977), while two volumes of erotica were published after Nin’s death: Delta of Venus: Erotica (1977) and Little Birds: Erotica (1979).
In addition to her works of fiction and criticism, Nin’s extensive diary was published. Edited from a vast manuscript, this autobiographical work appeared in two series. The first series, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, comprises seven volumes, with the first volume appearing in 1966. The second series, The Early Diaries of Anaïs Nin, contains four volumes and was published between 1978 and 1985.