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HENRY MILLER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 11/28/1949 - DOCUMENT 76263

 

HENRY MILLER
The author pens an autograph note saying that he does not write for magazines but anything already written in a book can be used
Autograph Note Signed: "Henry Miller", 1p, 7½x8¼ card. Big Sur, California, 1949 November 28. Addressed by Miller on verso to: "Herr Lars Gustav Hellstrom/Östervägen 25,/Solna (near Stockholm)/Sweden". In full: "I've just had a letter from Hugo Manning telling me of your interest in my work - your translation of a 'Hamlet' letter in some magazine. Et cetera. I scarcely ever write anything for magazines. Am willing to have you translate what has appeared already in book form. (But you will also need the publishers' consent, of course.) Can you send me the issue of the Swedish magazine in which the 'Hamlet' appeared? How does my 'Air-conditioned Nightmare' go there? Haven't the slightest idea. I rather imagine it doesn't go at all! Sincerely yours". Handwritten postscript at left margin: "Presume you've heard that Book I of 'Rosy Crucifixion' is out now in Paris - same publisher." Miller's Rosy Crucifixion trilogy was published from 1949-1960, beginning with Book I, Sexus, in 1949. He had co-authored Hamlet with Michael Fraenkel. The book was based on the letters of the two men, who discussed various subjects until they had accumulated 1,000 pages. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare was a travel book on Miller's journeys across the U.S. During his travels, the author discovered Big Sur. Miller, who lived at Big Sur from 1944-1963, helped establish the area as an artist's colony. American author HENRY MILLER (1891-1980) is best known for his controversial 1934 novel, Tropic of Cancer, which along with Tropic of Capricorn, chronicled Miller's life as an expatriate in Paris (1930-1939). First published in France, the works resulted in a 30-year censorship debate in the U.S., which Miller finally won. While in Paris, Miller, the author of more than 36 works, became involved with married author Anais Nin. Ironically, it was Nin, not Miller who documented their romance, which inspired the 1992 film, Henry and June (June Edith Smith Mansfield, a former taxi driver and the second of Miller's five wives, and also had an affair with Nin). At the time he wrote this autograph, Miller was living in Big Sur, which he helped to establish as an artist's colony while he lived there (1944-1963). He later moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where he died on June 7, 1980. Writer HUGO MANNING (1913-1977) began a correspondence with Miller in 1944. Although he is best known for his poetry, Miller encouraged Manning to write prose and "those things which seem incommunicable." In addition to his poetry and short stories, Manning also wrote for newspapers in Argentina for four years. Lightly creased. Stained at lower right blank edge, verso lightly soiled. Ink smudged at some words (all legible). File holes at left margin touch imprinted return address. Otherwise, fine condition.


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HENRY MILLER
Born: December 26, 1891 in New York City, New York
Died: June 7, 1980 in Pacific Palisades, California


Film Credits
2013 The Origin of Sound (in person), 2007 Emile Norman: By His Own Design (Other), 2003 Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man (Other), 1995 L'entretien (Writer), 1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules (Writer), 1990 Jours tranquilles à Clichy (Writer), 1983 Capitali culturali d'Europa (Writer), 1981 Reds (in person), 1981 Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen (Other), 1980 Nur der Name bleibt... Henry Miller - Erkenntnisse und (in person), 1975 Henry Miller Asleep & Awake (in person), 1974 Henry Miller, poète maudit (in person), 1974 Anais Nin Observed (in person), 1973 Knef '73 - Was sie sagt, was sie singt und wie man über sie (in person), 1970 Tropic of Cancer (Writer), 1970 Tropic of Cancer (Performer), 1970 Quiet Days in Clichy (Writer), 1970 Obszönität als Gesellschaftskritik (in person), 1969 The Henry Miller Odyssey (in person)


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