Anaïs Nin Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Anaïs Nin Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

It was natural that Anaïs Nin should grow up desiring to be an artist. Her father was a friend of Gabriele D’Annunzio. Before Nin’s parents separated, their household was filled with the aura of the fin de siècle Symbolist movement. The Symbolists’ ideas about art had a decisive and lasting influence on Nin, although she greatly transformed the influences she absorbed in the process of adapting them to the expressive needs of her own temperament.

Like the Symbolists, Nin believed that phenomena possess hidden meanings, significances that escape most people. The artist’s task is to penetrate surfaces to reveal the truths they conceal. “The symbol,” she wrote, “is an acknowledgement of the emotional and...

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