Under a Glass Bell

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First edition (1944)

Under a Glass Bell, originally published in 1944 and subsequently published with several more editions, was the first book by Anaïs Nin to gain attention from the literary establishment. It was published by Nin's own printing press, which she named Gemor Press. [1]


The book is a collection of short stories, with topics ranging from diary keeping ("The Labyrinth"), to life in Paris ("Houseboat"), to a late-term abortion ("The Birth").

Publication history

The first edition of the book contained 8 short stories and a foreword, written in the late 1930s and early 1940s. [1] As the book was republished, in 1947 Nin added two more novellas, a prose poem and another story. [1] The 1948 edition removed the prose poem and foreword, but added four more short stories. [1] The 1957 edition removed the two novellas; and that edition would remain in reprint until 1995 until Swallow Press/Ohio University Press republished it with a rearranged order of stories. [1]


Kirkus Reviews wrote that "Once again Miss Nin creates dream images, illusions of unreality and insanity with poetic if incomprehensible phrases, forming a montage of exotic impressions -- all nebulous." [2]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 ""Noli Me Tangere: The Structure of Anais Nin's under a Glass Bell" by Franklin, Benjamin V. - Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 34, Issue 4, Fall 1997". Archived from the original on 2016-04-23.
  2. "UNDER A GLASS BELL and Other Stories by Anais Nin". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-04-10.

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