The publication of this volume of Anais Nin's remarkable diary marks the final link in the journal that she kept from 1914 to 1974.
Besides the inclusion of photographs--Anais in dancing costume, the young Anais and her husband, other family members and friends--devoted fans will be rewarded with intimate details of the young woman's marriage as well as commentary on her own developing maturity and intellect.
A frustration of the originally published diaries, which began in 1931 when this one concludes, is that Anais' husband, Hugh Guiler, would not allow himself to be portrayed for publication. As renowned as Nin's diaries have become, the omission of all mention of her marriage created a serious gap in the work of art and life that the journals represent.
Here is the youthful Anais in all her delightfulness: creative, sensual, at times narcissistic, introspective, petty, impressionable and always observant.
She delves into her infatuation with American writer John Erskine, she enjoys a variety of little flirtations, and she analyzes the delights and disappointments of her early married years.