Delta of Venus (Paperback)
Written in the 1940’s and published posthumously in 1977, this book is a collection of short stories that celebrate sexuality, fantasies, and erotic imaginings. It was the first American book of erotica written by a woman. Nin was commissioned by a wealthy male patron to write a book of pornography, basically. He told her to “leave out the poetry” and simply write about sex, presumably that a man would find most appealing. However, she could not and instead created rich and interesting characters and situations that explore universal desires and exotic sensuality. From naughty to sublime, this book is a pleasure. Read it for yourself or with your romantic partner.
If you like this, you may also like The Diaries of Anais Nin, spanning 1931-1974
-Beth— From Delightful December Staff Picks
An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing
In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.
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"A joyous display of the erotic imagination."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Inventive, sophisticated . . . highly elegant naughtiness."-Cosmopolitan