Fonds SC093 - Alfred Perles fonds

Anais Nin
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Alfred Perles fonds

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  • 1938 - 1996 (Creation)

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14 cm of textual records

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Alfred Perlès was born in Vienna to Czech parents. He was a writer who lived for many years in the literary circles of Paris, associating with writers such as Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. While in Paris, he published a magazine called "The Booster", which contained excerpts from the work of Miller, Durrell, and Anais Nin. One of his main claims to fame may be that he was the model for the character of "Carl", who figures in several of Miller's early autobiographical novels. Perlès moved to England in around 1939 and later became a British citizen. He changed his last name to Barret in later life. Perlès works include "My Friend Henry Miller", "Art and Outrage" (with Durrell), "A Correspondence About Henry Miller" (consisting of letters between Perlès and Lawrence Durrell), and "Scenes from a Floating Life" (autobiography).

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The fonds consists of an unidentified manuscript [unpublished novel?, 1955?]; typescript and corrected page proofs of "Alien Corn", 1944; typescripts, carbon typescripts, and galley proofs of "Art & Outrage", 1959, and "My Friend Henry Miller", 1955; plus some
correspondence with writers and publishers. Correspondents include Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell, Anne Rives and Neville Spearman Ltd. The fonds also consists of 5 watercolours by Alfred Perlès; correspondence to Jacqueline Randal from Anne Barret and her daughter, Isobel; newspaper articles; Alfred Perlès' typewriter; and a watercolour print by Henry Miller.

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Revised by JF, June 14, 2013.

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