Delta of Venus
- For the film adaption, see Delta of Venus (film)
|Delta of Venus|
First edition cover art
|Cover artist||Milton Glaser
Richard Merkin (photo)
|Genre(s)||Short stories, erotica|
|Publisher||Harcourt Brace Jovanovich|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||250 pp (first edition)|
Delta of Venus is a book of short stories by Anaïs Nin. Though the stories were largely written in the 1940s while Nin was writing erotica for a private collector, the book was first published posthumously in 1977. In 1995 a film version of the book was directed by Zalman King. There are multiple short stories in this work with certain important characters reappearing throughout. She deals with many different sexual themes, some of them very taboo—including abuse, incest, homosexuality, prostitution, infidelity, and paedophilia—while maintaining the focus of her life's work: the study and description of women.
The collection of short stories that makes up this anthology was written during the 1940s for a private client known simply as "Collector"'. This "Collector" commissioned Nin, along with other now well-known writers (including Henry Miller), to produce erotic fiction for his private consumption. Despite being told to leave poetic language aside and concentrate on graphic, sexually explicit scenarios, Nin was able to give these stories a literary flourish and a layer of images and ideas beyond the pornographic. In the introduction, she called herself "the madam of this snobbish literary house of prostitution".
The stories range in length, and are tied together not just by their sexual premises, but also by Nin's distinct style and feminine viewpoint.
- Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus, Erotica by Anaïs Nin, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977, ISBN 0-15-124656-4
- Anne T. Salvatore, Anaïs Nin's narratives, University Press of Florida, 2001, ISBN 0-8130-2113-8
- Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace, Encyclopedia of feminist literary theory, Taylor & Francis, 1997, ISBN 0-8153-0824-8, p. 190
- Andrew Gibson, Postmodernity, ethics and the novel: from Leavis to Levinas, Routledge, 1999, ISBN 0-415-19895-X, p. 177
- Noël Riley Fitch, Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993) ISBN 0-316-28428-9
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