Friday, February 22, 2013

Anaïs Nin on Lou Salome

The writer Lou Salome (1861-1937) was an inspiration to a handful of important early 20th century writers and thinkers, including Nietzsche, Freud, and Rilke. She was also their muse, and in some cases their lover. Salome also knew and inspired Frank Wedekind, the author of the Lulu plays. It is believed in some quarters that Wedekind based the character of Lulu (played by Louise Brooks in G.W. Pabst's 1929 film, Pandora's Box) at least in part on his relationship with Salome. Wedekind, it is also said, even based the name of Lulu on Salome's name.

Yesterday, February 21st, marked the birthday of the writer Anais Nin (1903-1977). Here is a YouTube video in which Nin speaks about Salome. And here is a video tribute to Lou Salome which I also came across on YouTube. Both are worth watching. For more on Lou Salome and other inspiring women (including photographer Lee Miller), check out Francine Prose's The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired.

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