We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin carved out a provocative niche for herself in the literary world of the 20th century, writing novels and short stories that she published herself, painstakingly typesetting the printing press and decorating the bindings for each book. On the whole, her work was largely ignored by the public until the 1960s, when feminism and surrealism (themes that dominated Nin’s writing) gained traction in the popular culture of the time. While some critics panned her writing as self-indulgent, others praised her for her psychological insights. She is best known for her published diaries, written from 1931 to 1974, in which she chronicled her personal journey of self-discovery as she sought other states, other lives, and other souls.