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Henry Miller papers

Ms. Coll. 973

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
Title:
Henry Miller papers
Date [inclusive]:
1943-1952
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 973
Extent:
0.2 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversized folder)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American author and artist best known for his controversial books such as Tropic of Cancer,  Black Spring and  Tropic of Capricorn. The collection consists of two drawings, one photograph, letters from Miller to Tambimuttu, and a small number of published writings and promotional material.
Cite as:
Henry Miller papers, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American author and artist best known for his controversial books such as Tropic of Cancer,  Black Spring and  Tropic of Capricorn. Born in Manhattan, Miller spent his youth in Brooklyn, where in 1917 he married his first wife, whom he divorced in 1923. In 1928 Miller spent several months in Paris, where circumstances led to him living there until 1939. From there, he lived in Greece for a year before returning to New York in 1940. In 1942, he moved to California, where he spent the rest of his life. His most controversial books were banned for obscenity in the United States until 1961, when the Supreme Court ruled that the works were not pornographic in nature and were works of literature. Miller was a correspondent of the Sri Lankan poet, editor, critic and publisher Tambimuttu (1915-1983), who served as the publisher of Miller's  The Cosmological Eye and  Sunday After the War in London.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two drawings, one photograph, letters from Miller to Tambimuttu, one letter to Huntington Cairns, one letter to Judson Crews (copy sent to Tambimuttu,), one letter to Miller from Caresse Crosby (forwarded to Tambimuttu,) and a small number of published writings and promotional material. The letters were mainly written from Big Sur, California and discuss subjects ranging from art and photographs to other authors whom Miller recommends Tambimuttu to publish. The material in this collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2014 April 9

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Justin A. Bortnick

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At Southern Illinois University: Henry Miller collection, 1965-1978, Valentine Miller collection of Henry Miller letters, 1952-1964.

At Hollins University: Henry Miller collection, 1937-1981.

At Ohio University: Henry Miller papers 1939-1966.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Paintings (visual works)
  • Writings (document genre)
Personal Name(s)
  • Tambimuttu, 1915-
Subject(s)
  • Artists
  • Artists--United States
  • Authors
  • Authors, American--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Drawing, "Abstract from Lost Continent", 1944.

1 1

Letters to Tambimuttu, 1943 March-December.

1 2

Letters to Tambimuttu, 1944 January-July.

1 3

Letters to Tambimuttu, 1945-1952.

1 4

Letter requesting ad be published in literary magazine (2 copies), undated.

1 5
Drawer

Painting, "Zombies", 1944.

50
Box Folder

Photograph, "Pulling the Supplies Up the Hill," (at Big Sur), 1945 March 3.

1 6

Published writings & promotions, 1943, 1946.

1 7