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Miller, Henry
ARCHIVE OF HENRY MILLER
ARCHIVE OF HENRY MILLER
Author: Miller, Henry
Publication Date: 1945-1962

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All are from the archive of Selden Rodman, a prolific American writer of poetry, plays and prose, political commentary, art criticism, Latin American and Caribbean history, biography and travel writing. Publishing more than 40 books, he also founded The Harkness Hoot at Yale in the early 1930's before traveling to Europe and integrating himself with the literary giants there, including Pound, Joyce, and Mann. Upon his return to New York, he co-edited Common Sense magazine, which Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. stated became "the most lively and interesting forum of radical discussion in the country." He is known for the conversations and letters he had with some of the premiere literary and art figures of his time, many of which are housed at Yale, as well as his love and promotion of Haitian and other folk art.;

An archive of eight Henry Miller items sent to Selden Rodman. It contains the following:

1) One-page ALS dated July 24, 1962. One horizontal and two vertical folds, paperclip stain to upper upper left corner, two stamps of Miller's name and address. Miller discusses Rodman's The Heart of Beethoven, published earlier that year: "Too damn much to read - can't keep up!" and that "one result of reading you is that I have ordered the "Hammerklavier" [Piano Sonata No. 29] - haven't heard it for 25 years or more. Much of Beethoven I can't swallow any more. He's been done to death." He also discusses never meeting Karl Shapiro.

2) One-page ALS dated, dated January 18, 1952. One horizontal and two vertical folds, smudge to 'ller' of Miller's signature. "The meaning of title is simple - through suffering one blossoms! at the head of the cross is the mystic rose of the Rosicrucians. The book [The Rosy Crucifixion] is a continuation and completion (summation) of the "Tropics" and "Black Spring". In short, religion extols Christ crucified. But it is the risen Christ that is important, not the suffering Jesus. and we are all Christs, whether we know it or not. Just as Zen teaches that it is useless to seek the Buddha - you are the Buddha, once you realize it. This is not for publication [?]. I hope it is clear. What I have to prove is the truth of this - by living is that I am! Maybe "Plexus" (vol. 2 of Rosy Crux.) will come out in English one day, in Paris. Then you'll see better what I mean - in the last pages of that volume."

3) One-page ALS regarding Miller, with some scorching in the margins, some loss of letters, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive.

4) Four postcards, one dated 7/7/62 regarding Miller receiving the Beethoven book (with a paperclip stain), one dated 1/10/52 regarding sending six prints of a photo Rodman took "I like it!!", one dated 9/25/45 regarding forwarding a letter, and one undated (but stamped Sep 17, 1945) that is somewhat faded.

5) Salmon colored sheet advertising the Permanent Exhibition of Water Colors from Morn to Midnight at the Green House, with some scorching, including to part of Miller's handwritten text in green ink.

RW Consignment. Shelved in Case 0.
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