Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the function of music in Anaïs Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love?

To what extent is Nin’s fiction accessible to male readers?

Nin’s “literary mentors” are Marcel Proust and D. H. Lawrence. What does she owe to each?

What literary techniques usually classed as “poetic” serve Nin’s prose?

Nin’s diary has had to be edited to protect persons named in it. Can a diary be candid, sensitive to the privacy of others still alive, and be publishable?