Letters from Henry Miller to Hoki Tokuda Miller

Author: Joyce Howard

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595002005

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 186

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Henry Miller described himself as a confused, negligent, reckless, lusty, obscene, boisterous, thoughtful, scrupulous, lying, diabolically truthful man...filled with wisdom and nonsense. These letters, penned by the controversial author of Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring, represent Henry Miller's sexual and moral summing-up. They chart the infatuation, marriage and eventual disillusionment of Miller with his fifth wife Hoki Tokuda, a talented Japanese musician almost fifty years his junior. In its almost dangerous candor and its melancholy recognition of love's failure to sustain happiness, this volume deserves to be viewed as the culminating statement of Miller's interior life.

Henry Miller

Author: David Stephen Calonne

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 178023399X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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As an author, Henry Miller (1891–1980) was infamous for his explicit descriptions of sex, and many of his novels, from The Tropic of Cancer to Black Spring, were banned in the United States on grounds of obscenity. But his books—frequently smuggled into his native country—became a major influence on the Beat Generation of American writers and would eventually lead to a groundbreaking series of obscenity trials that would change American laws on pornography in literary works. In this new critical biography, David Stephen Calonne goes beyond Miller’s notoriety to take an innovative look at the way in which the author’s writings and lifestyle were influenced by his spiritual quests. Charting Miller’s cultivation of his esoteric ideas from boyhood and adolescence to later in his career, Calonne examines how Miller remained deeply engaged with a variety of philosophies, from astrology and Gnosticism to Eastern thinkers. Calonne describes not only the effects this had on Miller’s work, but also to his complex and volatile life—his marriages and love affairs with Beatrice Wickens, June Mansfield, and Anaïs Nin; his years in Paris; and the journey to Greece that resulted in the travelogue The Colossus of Maroussi, the book Miller considered to be his greatest work. After discussing Miller’s final residences in Big Sur and the Pacific Palisades in California, Calonne considers the author’s involvement in the arts, love of painting and music, and friendships with a number of classical musicians. Miller, Calonne reveals, was a quirky, charismatic man of genius who continues to influence popular culture today. Highlighting many areas of the author’s life that have previously been neglected, Henry Miller takes a fascinating revisionary approach to the work of one of American’s most controversial and iconic writers.

Henry Miller

Author: Lawrence J. Shifreen

Publisher: Roger Jackson


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1168

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Over 1,000 pages of detailed information on Miller's published writings & artwork from 1919 through 1992. Original preface by Henry Miller. Includes a 104-page photographic insert printed on glossy paper depicting over 365 different Miller publications. Information on his foreign language translations, audio tapes, records, & video appearances is also presented. Case bound with reinforced signatures & printed on acid-free paper. Incorporates an extensive 53-page Index. Contains supplemental information including a Resource Guide, the essay OPUS PISTORUM & HENRY MILLER, & a list of 18 major characters from TROPIC OF CANCER with their real-life counterparts. "I have to admit that I tried to find a mistake, the smallest thing that the dedicated Miller collector might quibble over, but I could find nothing...I could only read & wonder at a book that will stand as a major reference work for years to come." - ANTIQUARIAN BOOK MONTHLY. Order from: Roger L. Jackson, Publisher; 339 Brookside Dr.; Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105; 313-665-4614. Dealer discounts available. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money refunded.

The Devil at Large

Author: Erica Jong

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802133915

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 356

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In the perfect match of author and subject, poet and novelist Erica Jong charts the life and legacy of Henry Miller, the archetypal sensualist whose notorious Tropic of Cancer and subsequent books ultimately changed the boundaries of literature. With the same exuberance and love of language that coined "the zipless fuck" in Fear of Flying, she has created "a fascinating book about writers and writing as she meditates on Henry Miller who in turn meditates on her" (Gore Vidal).

Bluffing Texas Style

Author: Michael Vinson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806166223

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 291

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In 1989 a woman fishing in Texas on a quiet stretch of the Colorado River snagged a body. Her “catch” was the corpse of Johnny Jenkins, shot in the head. His death was as dramatic as the rare book dealer’s life, which read, as the Austin American-Statesman declared, “like a bestseller.” In 1975 Jenkins had staged the largest rare book coup of the twentieth century—the purchase, for more than two million dollars, of the legendary Eberstadt inventory of rare Americana, a feat noted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His undercover work for the FBI, recovering rare books stolen by mafia figures, had also earned him headlines coast to coast, as had his exploits as “Austin Squatty,” playing high stakes poker in Las Vegas. But beneath such public triumphs lay darker secrets. At the time of his death, Jenkins was about to be indicted by the ATF for the arson of his rare books, warehouse, and offices. Another investigation implicated Jenkins in forgeries of historical documents, including the Texas Declaration of Independence. Rumors of million-dollar gambling debts at mob-connected casinos circulated, along with the rumblings of irate mafia figures he’d fingered and eccentric Texas collectors he’d cheated. Had he been murdered? Or was his death a suicide, staged to look like a murder? How Jenkins, a onetime president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, came to such an unseemly end is one of the mysteries Michael Vinson pursues in this spirited account of a tragic American life. Entrepreneur, con man, connoisseur, forger, and self-made hero, Jenkins was a Texan who knew how to bluff but not when to fold.

The Happiest Man Alive

Author: Mary V. Dearborn

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 9780671779825

Category: Authors, American

Page: 368

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Drawing on previously unpublished materials plus interviews with Miller's friends and associates, Dearborn provides the definitive biography of this important literary figure who came into the limelight in 1934, when his Tropic of Cancer was widely banned for its sexual passages. Miller became a symbol for the sexual revolution when the novel was finally published in the U.S. in 1961. 16-page photo insert.

On Henry Miller

Author: John Burnside

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691166870

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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An engaging invitation to rediscover Henry Miller—and to learn how his anarchist sensibility can help us escape “the air-conditioned nightmare” of the modern world The American writer Henry Miller's critical reputation--if not his popular readership—has been in eclipse at least since Kate Millett's blistering critique in Sexual Politics, her landmark 1970 study of misogyny in literature and art. Even a Miller fan like the acclaimed Scottish writer John Burnside finds Miller's "sex books"—including The Rosy Crucifixion, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn—"boring and embarrassing." But Burnside says that Miller's notorious image as a "pornographer and woman hater" has hidden his vital, true importance—his anarchist sensibility and the way it shows us how, by fleeing from conformity of all kinds, we may be able to save ourselves from the "air-conditioned nightmare" of the modern world. Miller wrote that "there is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy," and in this short, engaging, and personal book, Burnside shows how Miller teaches us to become less adapted to the world, to resist a life sentence to the prison of social, intellectual, emotional, and material conditioning. Exploring the full range of Miller's work, and giving special attention to The Air-Conditioned Nightmare and The Colossus of Maroussi, Burnside shows how, with humor and wisdom, Miller illuminates the misunderstood tradition of anarchist thought. Along the way, Burnside reflects on Rimbaud's enormous influence on Miller, as well as on how Rimbaud and Miller have influenced his own writing. An unconventional and appealing account of an unjustly neglected writer, On Henry Miller restores to us a figure whose searing criticism of the modern world has never been more relevant.

Conversations with Henry Miller

Author: Henry Miller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Here is the inimitable Henry Miller speaking candidly about himself and his robust fiction - Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. In this enticing collection he argues convincingly for the things that have mattered in his full and exhilarating life. He and his interviewers cover the range of his engrossing works that stirred obscenity charges, as well as his life as an expatriate, his loves and conquests, his goals, his beliefs, and his probing insights into the culture that produced him and repulsed him. These conversations serve as a retrospective visit with one of America's most distinctively opinionated, most singularly identifiable, and most invigorating authors - arguably the grand guru of sex in American literature.

The Reader's Companion to Twentieth-century Writers

Author: Peter Parker,Frank Kermode

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: American literature

Page: 854

View: 9699

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in a Nutshell provides a concise overview of a popular therapeutic approach, starting with the ABCDE Model of Emotional Disturbance and Change. Written by leading REBT specialists, Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden, the book goes on to explain the core of the therapeutic process: - Assessment - Disputing - Homework - Working through - Promoting self-change. As an introduction to the basics of the approach, this updated and revised edition of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in a Nutshell is the ideal first text and a springboard to further study.