Unfortunately Henry Miller is too often associated only with his famous (or to many, infamous) Tropics. (Tropic of Cancer, 1934, and Tropic of Capricorn, 1939). This exhibition of books from the Henry Miller Collection will rather emphasize the other varied writings of, as Karl Shapiro says, "the greatest living author.''THE TROPICS
The Tropic of Cancer. Photograph of the cover of the rare first edition printed in Paris, 1934.
The Tropic of Capricorn. (Paris, Obelisk, 1939). The third of Miller's personal narratives, reviewing more than 30 years of his life.
Original Miller self-portrait loaned by Mr. E. Schwartz.
THE 20s AND 30s
"Black and White" (In Crisis, fol. 28, no. 1 (May, 1924) One of Miller's first appearances in a periodical. Published under the pseudonym of "Valentine Nieting."
"The Eye of Paris" (In Globe, vol. II, no. 2 (Nov, 1937) Miller's first Minnesota publication.
Max and The White Phagocytes. (Paris, Obelisk, 1938) Essays on art, literature and the films.
The Cosmological Eye. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1939) A reprint of the above title, except for one section and with the addition of six new chapters.
Money and How It Gets That Way. (Paris, Booster Publications, 1938) A pseudo-authoritative pamphlet.
What Are You Going to Do About Alf? (n.p., n.d. 1938?)
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1945) A Collection of miscellaneous pieces, this book is represented by three articles which preceeded the publication of the book:
"The most lovely inanimate object in existence." (In The Harvard Advocate, v. CXXIX, no. 3 (Mar. 1943)
"II. Soiree in Hollywood." (In Horizon, vol. VII, no. 38 (February 1943)
"Vive la France." (In Hemispheres, nos. 203 (Fall-Winter, 1943/44)
Big Sur And The Oranges Of Hieronymus Bosch. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1957) Made up of 22 miscellaneous pieces. It was preceded in publication by "Children of the earth" (In The Big Sur Guide, 2d ed. 1955)
"The Cosmological Eye." (In Transition, tenth anniversary, no. 27 (April-May, 1938) Early printing of the title article from the book.
"I Am A Wild Park." (In The Booster, vol. 2, no. 8 (Oct. 1927) An excerpt from Tropic of Capricorn, preceding that book by two years.
THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
''The book I like the best!" - Henry Miller.
Written in the United States after 6 months of travel throughout Greece. Editions shown include: San Francisco, Colt Press, 1941; Norfolk, New Directions, 1941; Harmondsworth, Penquin Books, 1950; København, Reitzel, 1957; New York, New Directions, 1958.
Poetry: "O Lake of Light" (In Wake, no. 7 (Autumn, 1948)
Drama: Just Wild About Harry. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1963)
Travel: Greece; drawings by Anne Poor; text by Henry Miller. (New York, Viking, 1964)
Letters: Hamlet; correspondence between Henry Miller and Michael Fraenkel. (New York, Carrefour, 1939-41)
Essays: Wisdom of the Heart. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1941)
Biography-criticism: The Time of The Assassins. (Norfolk, New Directions, 1956)
WATERCOLORS AND FINE PRINTING
To Paint To Love Again. (Alhambra, Cambria, 1960)
Dreams From Near And Far: Henry Miller exhibition in Tokyo, 1968.
Into The Night Life. (Berkeley, Schatz, 1947)
Watercolors, Drawings, And His Essay The Angel My Watermark! (New York, Abrams, 1962)
Original Miller watercolors loaned by Mr. E. Schwartz.
The Henry Miller Collection was presented in 1967 as a generous gift from Mr. Edward P. Schwartz, Minneapolis publisher and printer and founder of the international Henry Miller Literary Society. Mr. Schwartz attended the University of Minnesota and began his career as a reporter for the Minneapolis Daily News. He later worked for the Minneapolis Tribune, the Philadelphia Public Ledger, and was editor of the Daily Journal of Commerce, Portland, Oregon. From 1944 to 1969 he was president of the Ad Art Advertising Company of Minneapolis. He remains active in the firm and is engaged in numerous charitable programs.
The Henry Miller Literary Society, which began locally but became of international reknown, was founded by Mr. Schwartz in 1957. The Society published its own newsletter from 1958 to 1963 and upon its disbanding in 1967 had an international membership of over 700. In 1961, the secretary of the Society, Mr. Thomas Moore edited, and the Society published a full bibliography of Henry Miller.
The collection presented to the University of Minnesota Libraries consists of some 350 volumes by and about Henry Miller. A non-circulating research collection, it is a source for the study of Miller and his works and of the problem of censorship which has plagued the 20th-century author throughout his career. Many signed first editions and rare items from the author's early writing period are included in the collection. There are also a number of foreign translations of Miller's major works, periodicals which contain his contributions and critical books and articles about him. Many of the books are inscribed with comments by Miller in his own writing. Being added to as editions become available, it is hoped that the collection will eventually contain all translations and printings of Miller's works, both in book form and in periodical publication. Critical evaluations of the work of Henry Miller are also being obtained.Special Collections
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