[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 106, Issue 12

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>From reading the biographies, the various editions of the Nin diaries, and other correspondence etc, and from personal testimony, I appreciate that, although there was a shared aesthetic camaraderie between Nin, LDurrell and H Miller, there were huge personal differences. LD bitchily said (both in print and to me personally) that he was the only man he knew who hadn't been bedded by Nin. They had a short war over one of her books, and the friendship (if it was ever that) was never as intense or meaningful as that of LD with Miller, with whom also LD fell out - but only briefly, over SEXUS. 
It's been well documented that in Paris LD deliberately discounted Nancy in order to impress the others, and maybe to ingratiate himself, but I think (this is my personal view) that however much he vaunted Nin publicly (and his account of the 3 of them 'on the grandes lignes' as he wrote to me and as I published it, was genuine) he never liked her as a person and I don't think his private opinion of her work was as strong as he publicly pretended. Maybe his personal dislike/distrust of her coloured his view of her writing.
As to Nin's public reputation, she could certainly appear unpleasant, scheming, devious and duplicitous. But one cannot (in my opinion) disregard the imprtance of SOME of her work, especially the early stuff. but the various editions of the diary, both during her lifetime and posthumously, have revealed an aspect that would deter many from taking her seriously. A pity - a fine talent, in emotional terms and in terms of her perceptions, even her storytelling (as evidenced by her written-to-order pornography) which was unfortunately coloured by her personal problems which I think attracted many women to her work at the height of the feminist resurgence and has since been diminished by, for example, the fact that she kept 2 husbands on either side of the USA each of whom (we are led to believe) was ignorant of the other. Maybe a man would applaud another man who managed to be bigamous in such a way. Such, as Ned Kelly said, is life.
RP 
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Send ILDS mailing list submissions to	ilds at lists.uvic.caTo subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit	https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ildsor, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to	ilds-request at lists.uvic.caYou can reach the person managing the list at	ilds-owner at lists.uvic.caWhen replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specificthan "Re: Contents of ILDS digest..."Today's Topics: 1. Nin and Durrell (Kennedy Gammage) 2. Re: Nin and Durrell (Bruce Redwine) 3. Re: Nin and Durrell (Denise Tart & David Green)----------------------------------------------------------------------Message: 1Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:07:52 -0800From: Kennedy Gammage To: ilds at lists.uvic.caSubject: [ilds] Nin and DurrellMessage-ID:	Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is mentioned, though inpassing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she clearly found him awhole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of Ana?s Nin Volume Two1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the golden tanned skin,the blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic gestures, mellow andhuman, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of nuances, shadows,quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the imagination hehas. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited byrevelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed. Hewalks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle hasbecome symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does notwant to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.?I guess the main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the NewYork Times has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s anembarrassment. They owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology!Best - Ken-------------- next part --------------An HTML attachment was scrubbed...URL: ------------------------------Message: 2Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:22:08 -0800From: Bruce Redwine To: ilds at lists.uvic.caSubject: Re: [ilds] Nin and DurrellMessage-ID: <9C9A31FD-64BA-4F23-A676-7013687BCF41 at earthlink.net>Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=utf-8Ken is enthusiastic and convincing.Paul Herron, your response?BruceSent from my iPhone> On Feb 23, 2016, at 6:07 PM, Kennedy Gammage  wrote:> > ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13 arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is mentioned, though in passing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she clearly found him a whole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of Ana?s Nin Volume Two 1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the golden tanned skin, the blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic gestures, mellow and human, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of nuances, shadows, quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the imagination he has. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited by revelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed. He walks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle has become symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does not want to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.?> > I guess the main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the New York Times has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s an embarrassment. They owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology!> > Best - Ken> > _______________________________________________> ILDS mailing list> ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds------------------------------Message: 3Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:33:15 +1100From: Denise Tart & David Green To: ilds at lists.uvic.caSubject: Re: [ilds] Nin and DurrellMessage-ID: <41DD6FCD-AEAD-40B2-BD45-26B73D71C8F2 at bigpond.net.au>Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=utf-8Ken,Nin provides a wonderful and perceptive description of Larry in his twenties, the emerging writer, the qualities that made him attractive to many women and an early glimpse of the unease with the world as it is that would later dog him, not to mention the symbolic bottle that later became a hogshead. But it also portrays a masculine visceral creator whose imagination was born of life experience rather that fantasy. Thanks for sharing Ken.Sent from my iPad> On 24 Feb 2016, at 2:22 PM, Bruce Redwine  wrote:> > Ken is enthusiastic and convincing.> > Paul Herron, your response?> > > Bruce> > Sent from my iPhone> >> On Feb 23, 2016, at 6:07 PM, Kennedy Gammage  wrote:>> >> ILDS member Paul Herron?s Ana?s Nin Literary Journal A CAF? IN SPACE 13 arrived in today?s mail, and Lawrence Durrell is mentioned, though in passing. For more color about Ana?s and Larry (she clearly found him a whole lot more interesting than Nancy!) the Diary of Ana?s Nin Volume Two 1934-1939 is worth re-reading. She says: ?Under the golden tanned skin, the blond hair, the sea-bottom eyes, behind the poetic gestures, mellow and human, he has found a cataract of words, a universe of nuances, shadows, quarter tones. Not by way of neurosis did he discover the imagination he has. He is like a sailor, a mountaineer who has been visited by revelations. There is a miracle about his creation. He is a bit amazed. He walks the familiar streets with a vague uneasiness. The wine bottle has become symbolical. This expresses all he is fighting against. He does not want to lose the warmth, the flesh, the odor, the reality.?>> >> I guess the main thing that jumped out from Caf? 13 was how vicious the New York Times has been to Nin for 50 years. When you read it, it?s an embarrassment. They owe her (and we her fans) a huge apology!>> >> Best - Ken>> >> _______________________________________________>> ILDS mailing list>> ILDS at lists.uvic.ca>> https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> > _______________________________________________> ILDS mailing list> ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds------------------------------Subject: Digest Footer_______________________________________________ILDS mailing listILDS at lists.uvic.cahttps://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds------------------------------End of ILDS Digest, Vol 106, Issue 12*************************************
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