Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birthdays in February ~ Ayn, Alice & Anaïs

This month, I am featuring three unique women writers, diverse from one another in terms of their chosen genre, but sharing such unique vision, that they each impacted on the Twentieth Century to such an extent, that their legacy is indelible.

Ayn Rand
2 February 1905
"The question isn't who is going to let me;
it's who is going to stop me."

Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. At age six she taught herself to read and two years later discovered her first fictional hero in a French magazine for children, thus capturing the heroic vision which sustained her throughout her life. [A Brief History of Ayn Rand] Her contribution to both literature and philosophy are legendary, and her magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, contains Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction. It contains elements of science fiction, philosophy and the love story. She described it as a 'mystery' novel, "not about the murder of man's body, but about the murder — and rebirth — of man's spirit".

Alice Walker
9 February 1944
“No person is your friend who demands your silence,
or denies your right to grow.”

Novelist, poet and feminist Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. Alice Walker is one of the most admired African-American writers working today. The youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor. [Bio.TrueStory] Walker is an internationally acclaimed author, poet and activist, whose 1982 novel, The Color Purple, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction (1983). She was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer, though in her opinion, not the first to deserve it. Read more on the Alice Walker Website.

Anaïs Nin
21 February 1903
“We write to taste life twice, 
in the moment and in retrospect.” 

Anais Nin was born as Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell on 21 February 1903 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France to artistic parents. Nin’s father Joaquín Nin was a Spanish artist and a composer who lived in Cuba where he met Nin’s mother Rosa Culmell of French and Danish descent who was a well-trained professional classical singer based in Cuba. As a child Nin was brought up in Spain.
Anais Nin was a renowned writer who is famous for her journals written for a period spanning six decades. Nin's works revolved around accounts of her relationships with authors, artists, psychoanalysts, and other figures. Her journals spoke of life and its balancing acts. Much of Nin's written works have been published after her death. Nin is hailed as a great erotic literature writer and one of her most notable and popular works is Delta of Venus. [TheFamousPeople]

Each of these authors has created a legacy of literary art, based on their personal philosophies of womanhood and lifestyle. Please follow the links below to read many examples of their writing on

Ayn Rand
Alice Walker
Anais Nin

The theme for this mini-challenge is INDIVIDUALISM. Individualism is belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence.You may choose a particular work, quote or character created by one of our featured authors, or create an entirely original piece. New poems are preferred for this challenge.

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Fireblossom said...

I read Anais Nin in my twenties, when i discovered her books in the book store i worked at.

hedgewitch said...

A complex and worthy challenge, Kerry. I am not particularly a fan of Rand, but your other two women are both undeniably intriguing--I, like Shay, read Nin in my younger days--my creative writing teacher introduced us to her, and she always seemed like someone it would be fascinating to know.

I will see if I get anything for later in the weekend or Monday, as I already have the cauldron occupied for today.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Kerry!!

I enjoyed this very much. :)

Happy weekend peeps.

Gail said...

A wonderful show case of talented women.

Susan said...

Marvelous prompt, Kerry. I'm a bit under the weather today, but will try to have something by Monday. Individualism, yes. And also huge bravos for another group show: a new book from Fireblossom, Hedgewitch, and Mama Zen. Something to celebrate and BUY!

Margaret said...

Thank you, Kerry. I had never heard of any of them, really. I know of "The Color Purple" of course, but did not know about the author. Thank you.

Margaret said...

It's late… almost 1am! Wow. I got carried away reading up on these women writers. I'll be back later on Sunday to visit and read.

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you Kerry for gracing us with such talented women to draw inspiration from.

Grace said...

Well I read their stories & poems ~ Thank you for featuring their work Kerry ~

Happy Sunday to all ~

Anonymous said...

Hey Kerry--what a disparate group. As an American, I am very suspicious of Rand as she has been used in extremely negative ways by certain
uS political groups, but it is interesting to read more about her nonetheless, and enjoying the other two. I don't know if I can play but will see and really enjoyed the post. K.

Purple Assassin said...

the three have made the world a better place to live in.

Anonymous said...

you selected some phenomenal writers to highlight, Kerry! thank you!

i'll be back in a bit to visit everyone.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

A great prompt, Kerry. I am a bit late in getting here. Moving more slowly this winter, for some reason.

Anonymous said...

Traveling all weekend, so behind on visits and prompts. Read Nin's diaries while holed up in Switzerland in my 20's; read Walker in college and after; read Rand in my 20's. Would read Nin and Walker again... May not get a pen directly here, but eventually... ~