May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

by Anaïs Nin

“From the very first I had divined that what I really had to defend myself against was my own susceptibility to caresses,” muses the 16-year-old heroine of a story called A Model. She fails, of course. Nin is the spectacularly prolific author who wrote a tedious six-volume autobiography and a dozen novels and books of poetry. Only after her death in 1977 did she finally make the bestseller lists with Delta of Venus, stories she wrote for a wealthy collector of pornography while desperate for money. Though the works in this new collection read like rejects from the earlier volume, they are still strikingly original samples of the pornographer’s art. The sex is explicit, and there is a lasting impression of beautiful, dark females, overwhelmed by delicious desires. Nin’s stories have the power to cloud one’s mind. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, $8.95)

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