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Arrows of Longing: The Correspondence Between Anais Nin and Felix Pollak, 1952-1976

by Anais Nin, Felix Pollak, Gregory H. Mason

Publisher: Ohio University Press
Paperback
ISBN: 9780804010078






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Synopsis of Arrows of Longing: The Correspondence Between Anais Nin and Felix Pollak, 1952-1976

Arrows of Longing presents an Anais Nin radically different from the self-conscious persona of the diaries and fiction. The woman engaged in this long, private correspondence emerges as warm, self-effacing, empathetic, and ready to bear the burdens of others. Felix Pollak, the poet whose friendship with Nin is documented here, also struggled for personal and artistic fulfillment.

Library Journal

This title (taken from Nietzsche's Pfeile der Sehnsucht) might well describe the emotional frustrations of the two correspondents whose letters appear in this book. Nin struggled with publishers 20 years before her books achieved recognition. Pollak, an aspiring author and rare-books librarian, deplored what he considered to be his lackluster career choice. Editor Mason (English, Gustavus Adolphus Coll.) successfully organizes the letters in chronological segments beginning each with an explanatory introduction. Nin and Pollak ceased correspondence in 1962 because of some disagreements over artistic principles. However, they resumed correspondence in 1972 until Nin's death from cancer in 1977. Appendixes include a Pollak bibliography and a selection of Pollak's poetry. This book is both useful and entertaining, because it offers a discussion of the writers' aesthetic beliefs while revealing the intimate thoughts of two romantic, creative individuals. Recommended.Robert T. Ivey, Univ. of Memphis

About the Author, Anais Nin

Anais Nin—the celebrated novelst, diarist, and short story writer—was born in France and spent her childhood in various parts of Europe and in New York. Nin returned to New York just before the outbreak of World War II, and she spent the rest of her life living there and in Paris and Los Angeles. Her work is characterized by a interest in the subconscious. Her five novels in the Cities of the Interior series focus on different female types and follow their lives through lovers, art, and analysis. In 1973 Nin received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.

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