Anaïs Nin, in full Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, (born February 21, 1903, Neuilly, France – died January 14, 1977, Los Angeles, California, U.S.) was a French-born novelist, essayist, and writer of short stories, who gained fame with her personal journals. Her works are known for their eroticism.
In addition to her journals, Nin also wrote several novels which were frequently associated with surrealism. Her most notable works are the journals The Diary of Anaïs Nin and Henry and June (1931–1932); the novels D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study (1932) and Cities of the Interior (1959); and collections of short stories Under a Glass Bell (1944) and Delta of Venus: Erotica (1977).
Until 1966, and the appearance of the first volume of her diaries, Anaïs Nin was not recognized as a significant writer. Today she is considered by many as one of the finest writers of female erotica and a source of inspiration for women all around the world.