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    Henry Miller Archive of Letters, Notes and Signatures. A large group lot featuring one autograph letter signed, four autographed notes signed, one of which is in French, two unsigned autographed notes, an autograph quote signed, and a clipped signature.

    Henry Miller Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 8.5" x 11", no place; January 17, 1971. Written in blue ink and addressed to a Bradley who is presumed to be Bradley Smith, an author and photographer who wrote the preface to Miller's 1971 book, My Life and Times. In this letter Miller candidly critiques Smith's preface and reflects on how he has always refused to categorize his own work. It reads in part: "...I have always refused to categorize my work. It's not confession, not diary, not fiction. I've used the expression 'autobiographical romances' (with tongue in check,) But they are definitely not 'fiction'. 90% is reality. Any distortion or exaggeration employed was only to heighten the reality or truth related. I 'told the story of my life' as no other writer ever did. I feel, not 'as a writer would'. Writers don't do what I did...I hope I am not hurting your feelings...When I look at something critically I am critical, even with my own work..." Signed, "Henry."

    Henry Miller Autograph Note Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", no place; no date. In this lengthy note Miller frankly discusses his skill as a watercolor painter and how it relates to his style as an author. It reads in part: "I have been painting now for forty-four years without much show of real development. I took up painting at a desperate moment in my life in order to entertain myself. In painting as in writing I have always done just as I pleased...People often ask why I don't paint in the style of Tropic of Cancer. The answer is - I lack the talent for it. When it comes to manipulating arms and legs, to say nothing of the sex organs, I am lost..." Signed, "Henry Miller."

    Henry Miller Autograph Note Signed. One page, 6" x 11", no place; no date. Miller writes about the complicated nature of love and its effect on others. It reads in part: "The reason we can joke about the love lorn is because we think it can never happen to us. There are even some who believes that more quieted love is a good thing, that is makes for character and such like. The greatest among us have suffered from it. Genius, for example, is no protection from its inroads...More and more we are living on an arid plateau in which passion is ruled out. One has to be somewhat mad to love at all, let alone expect a response." Signed, "Henry Miller."

    Henry Miller Autograph Note Signed. One page, 6" x 11", no place; no date. Miller despondently ruminates on the love-lorn. It reads in part: "The figure of the love-lorn is always a tragic one, though fear people recognizing it as such. Usually it's a sad joke. As for the advice which is proffered them, it might just as well be a cold douche. Nevertheless there is something comical about these forlorn individuals. They seem utterly devoid of humor, utterly helpless. Their only hope is to die as soon as possible..." Signed, "Henry Miller."

    Henry Miller Autograph Note Signed. One page, 6" x 11", no place; no date. Written in French and untranslated. Signed, "Henry Miller." The Portuguese saying "Cuando Merda Tiver Valor Pobre Nasce Sem Cu" has been taped to the bottom left corner of the note. It loosely translates to "When shit has value, poor people will be born without assholes." Miller had the saying stamped on his stationery late in life.

    Henry Miller Autograph Note. One page, 5.75" x 10.5", no place; no date. An unsigned, yet lengthy note on "Cuando Merda Tiver Valor Pobre Nasce Sem Cu" stamped stationery. Miller gives his forthright opinion of authors. It reads in part: "...so glad I don't have all the answers, so glad I am living more and more in a state of ignorance. For the few authors who delight and instruct us there are ten thousand who bore the shit out of us. They should be gagged or gassed..."

    Henry Miller Partial Autograph Note. One partial page, 5.75" x 1.25", no place; no date. A brief, unsigned note that has been clipped from another document. It reads in full: "They are sleepwalking their way to extinction. Hallelujah!"

    Henry Miller Autograph Quote Signed. One page, 8.5" x 12.5", no place; no date. The title of Miller's 1970 book, written and signed by the author. It reads in full: "Insomnia or the Devil at Large." Signed, "Henry Miller."

    Henry Miller Clipped Signature. One page, 8.5" x 1.75", no place; no date. Signed, "Henry Miller.'

    Condition: ALS with bumped corners and lightly wrinkled. Two notes with tape residue present on recto. Two unsigned notes have several areas of dried adhesive on verso and the toning has bled through to recto. One unsigned note with soiling at bottom recto.


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