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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "The Fourth Diary of Anaos Nin" (1971) Summary & Analysis

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With the publication of the fourth diary of Anaos Nin, Vidal—who once persuaded E.P. Dutton to publish two of her novels—says he's not so sure that her diaries would establish her as "a great sensibility." Reviewing his own appearance in her diaries, Vidal warns literary historians to deal gingerly with Anaos's "facts." For example, he points out to her that when they first met he was a uniformed warrant officer, not a lieutenant, and she "laughs gaily" but does not correct the error before publication.

Anaos Nin was born in 1903, the daughter of a Spanish composer-pianist, raised in France but "unhappily transplanted" to New York as a child where she began to keep a diary "in order...

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