Delta of Venus
- For the film adaption, see Delta of Venus (film)
First edition cover art
|Cover artist||Milton Glaser
Richard Merkin (photo)
|Genre||Short stories, erotica|
|Publisher||Harcourt Brace Jovanovich|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||250 pp (first edition)|
In 1995 a film version of the book was directed by Zalman King.
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 and the poet George Barker), 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 her Diary (Oct 1941), she jokingly referred to herself as "the madam of this snobbish literary house of prostitution, from which vulgarity was excluded".
While using the Kama Sutra and other writings such as those of Krafft-Ebing as models, Nin was very conscious that the languages of male and female sexuality were distinct. Although at times she scorned her erotica, and feared for their impact on her literary reputation, they have subsequently been seen by sex-positive feminists as pioneering work.
In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin conjures up a glittering cascade of sexual encounters. Creating her own 'language of the senses', she explores an area that was previously the domain of male writers and brings to it her own unique perceptions. Her vibrant and impassioned prose evokes the thematic concerns of the essence of female sexuality in a world where only love has meaning. Within Delta of Venus, Nin explores what constitutes masculinity, patriarchal dominance, homosexual desire, sexual restraint, pedophilia and incest.
1. The Hungarian Adventurer
3. The Boarding School
4. The Ring
6. Artists and Models
9. The Veiled Woman
11. The Basque and Bijou
- I. Ousby ed., The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (1995) p. 683
- Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus & Little Birds (1996), pp. 13–16
- * Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus & Little Birds (1996), pp. 13–16
- * Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus & Little Birds (1996), p. 16
- * Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus & Little Birds (1996), p. 15 and p. 19
- Anne T. Salvatore, Anaïs Nin's narratives, University Press of Florida (2001) ISBN 0-8130-2113-8, p. 17
- Susie Bright, Totally Heterotica (1995), p. 2
- 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
- Anaïs Nin, "Delta of Venus", Penguin Books, 2008 ISBN 978-0141-03730-1
||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (October 2013)|