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    [Henry Miller]. Norman Mailer. Typed Letter Signed "Norman". May 25, 1976. Four pages.

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    [Henry MILLER]. Norman Mailer. Typed Letter Signed "Norman". [No place]: May 25, 1976. Addressed by Norman Mailer to Henry Miller, regarding comments Mailer had made about Miller's The Air-Conditioned Nightmare and The Collossus of Maroussi for publication in the then as-yet unpublished Genius and Lust (1977). Four 8.5 × 11 inch pages. A few soiled spots, previous folds flattened, very good.

    A superb letter, from one great writer to another, and essentially a lengthy appreciation in which Mailer covers topics such as Miller's prose style that deeply influenced Mailer's own practice, Mailer explaining his criticisms and his approach to criticism in general. A very affecting, honest, and revealing literary document. Toward the close, Mailer speaks of a French colleague whose experience with writing is tortured (Mailer describes him as "one of the most constipated writers in Christedom"). This Jean Malaquais, a close friend of Mailer's, when asked why he bothers to write when he could do so many other gratifying things so much less painlessly, replied (with surprise), "why, that's the only way to find out the truth."

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