NIN, Anais. Under a Glass Bell and other stories. n.p: [Gemor Press], .
8vo., illustrated paper wrappers with engravings by Ian Hugo; folding advertisement tipped in; pp. 101, [iii]; spine a little rubbed and darkened, else a clean copy internally.
First softcover edition as stated, inscribed by the author thus: "For Mr. Aage Dons. My grandfather was Danish - his name was Thorwald Christensen. He went to Cuba as Consul, married a French woman from New Orleans, stayed there. My brother is called Thorwald. I have relations in Denmark and I love Isak Dinesen - I hope these tales remind you a little of her - ! Anais Nin".
This collection of stories broke the traditional American boundaries of social realism. With a focus on the unconscious, Nin began writing at a time when the theories of Freud and other psychoanalysts were relatively new. As she explains in The Novel of the Future, much of her work has followed Jung's dictum of 'Proceed from the dream outward'. She writes; "The dream was to be the genesis, the birthplace of our life. The novels were to be the constant description of going into life and back into the dream to seek the self when it lost its way. In a sense, I continued to say: the dream is the key, the source, the birthplace of our most authentic self".
Contents: Houseboat; Under A Glass Bell; Je Suis Le Plus Malade des Surrealists; Ragtime; The Labyrinth; The All-Seeing; Birth; The Mouse; The Mohican; Through the Streets of My Own Labyrinth; The Eye's Journey; The Child Born Out of the Fog; and Hejda. The last 6 are published here for the first time.
Aage Dons was a Danish writer. It is unknown how he and Nin were introduced.