Anaïs Nin’s Lost World
Upon moving to France, Britt Arenander set out to find the house in Louveciennes where Anaïs Nin had lived and where she first met Henry Miller. Delighted to discover the house still intact, she began seeking out other sites that were important to Nin: Henry and Alfred Perlès’ apartment in Clichy, the Hôtel Central, Villa Seurat, the homes of psychiatrists René Allendy and Otto Rank, the boardinghouse where Nin and her husband Hugh lived when they first arrived in Paris in 1924, and many others.
The results of her investigations is the book, Anaïs Nin’s Lost World: Paris in Words and Pictures 1924-1939, first publish in Swedish in 1995 and now available for the first time in English translation. “I sought out every address at which Anaïs and Henry had lived, every house, hotel, bar and restaurant, every street and block specifically mentioned by them in novels, diaries and letters,” Arenander writes in the introduction and she has clearly done a thorough job.
The book presents an intimate account of Nin’s life in Paris in a detailed narrative format accompanied by numerous rarely seen vintage photographs, making an excellent companion for any Nin or Miller fan planning a visit to Paris.
The book is available from Amazon as Kindle download and can be read on any Kindle device, or by using the free Kindle applications for desktop, iPad or iPhone.