Collection SC082 - Henry Miller collection

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Henry Miller collection

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  • 1935 - 1979 (Creation)

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18 cm of textual records and other material

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Henry Miller (1891-1980) was born in New York and resided in France and other European cities. Miller was a writer noted for his candid treatment of sex and his espousal of the "natural man". His "Tropic of Cancer" (1934) and "Tropic of Capricorn" (1939) were banned as obscene in the United States until 1961. Other books include the trilogy "The Rosy Crucifixion". Miller was a major influence on the "Beat Generation" of writers.

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The Henry Miller MSS were acquired from dealers from 1966 to 1971 and complemented a substantial print collection. The main provider of the Perles and Ackroyd correspondence was the House of El Dieff.

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The collection consists of correspondence including: letters and postcards to Alfred Perlès, letters and postcards to Graham Ackroyd, letters to Father Brocard Sewell, and miscellaneous letters to and from publishers and others. Also included are watercolours, sketches, and photographs plus typescripts, with holograph corrections, for "Max", "Quiet Days in Clichy", Miller's preface to "Hollywood Hallucination" by Parker Tyler, "This Is My Answer", and "Just Wild About Harry".

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Note on names: The correspondence between Miller and Alfred Perles (later Alfred Barrett) displays a confusion of names, remarked on by Miller in "Joey" (Capara Press, 1979): "Sometimes I called him Alf, sometimes Fred, and sometimes Joey. He usually called me Joey, seldom Henry".

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Includes ca. 80 postcards, 1 watercolour, 3 drawings, 9 photographs.

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Revised by JF, July 9, 2013.

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  • English

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