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A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953 Hardcover – November, 1987
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Nin and Miller met in Paris in 1931. Miller, an aspiring novelist, wanted to meet the banker's pretty wife who had sung the praises of D.H. Lawrence and whose books had been deemed "pornography" outside of France. Neither Nin nor Miller, at that point, had published much. Their mutual interest, as they freely admit, was in sex and in each other and, consequently, they began a long affair.
It was during this affair that both Nin and Miller produced their finest writing--the writings that would eventually become Nin's two diaries and her novel, House of Incest, as well as Miller's Tropic of Cancer and Black Spring. Each believed in, and nurtured, the others genius and Miller wrote that Nin's diary would take its place "beside the revelations of St. Augustine, Petronius, Abelard, Proust and others."
Miller, only forty-one, but already somewhat down-and-out, fascinated the twenty-nine year old Nin, whose vague yearnings filled the many pages of the diary she had been keeping since the age of ten. "He's a man who makes life drunk. He is like me," she mused. Nin and Miller, however, were not alike. One of their most essential differences was a difference typical between men and women--Nin censored herself, while the world censored Miller.Read more ›
This volume of letters enables the reader who has already read other versions of the Nin-Miller story to form additional conclusions about what might actually have happened. Because the letters were sent into the possession of others, they were less subject to the constant revision and reinvention that bedevils all attempts to determine objective facts about the mercurial Nin.
If you are not already an amateur historian of literary trends of the 1930's, fear not. The letters are worth reading as an introduction to Anais Nin and Henry Miller as well, for they depict a real-life romance conducted by two who absolutely relished the game and were highly articulate in dramatically different ways.
This is a powerful door to Anais' heart and soul, and even more powerful than her diaries itself. Because here you get deep into one of the most significant periods of her life, the many years she let her own life and self entwined with Henry Miller's.
Indispensable reading for anyone, even more for those who admire Anais and Miller as ordinary people who loved each other, or as writers ahead of their time, unafraid of other people's opinions.
Immerse yourself: you're gonna want to sink.
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One of my favorite books of all time, this compilation captures the letters between two literary greats and their love affair. A must read for any Nin or Miller fan.Published 6 months ago by Inquisitive M
Boring interpersonal dialogue interspersed by some very lovely sexually-charged prose. Not for everybody. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephen C.
I can't wait to dive into this crazy,passionate ,sexy letters between these two.!! The book came on time. In perfect condition.Published 13 months ago by tacha
Without knowing much of either Nin or Miller except their reputations, I had high expectations for their collected letters, and I was disappointed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by s
Tough to beat. A good example of what genius writers have to say and how they say it when they write each other. Stuff like this doesn't exist today.Published 19 months ago by vaag
I love the power behind the raw and honesty of these two creative souls. It makes me happy that someone can find words to describe the intense feelings of life, love, and the power... Read morePublished 21 months ago by lizzy
The correspondence between the writers Anais Nin and Henry Miller is striking in its intimacy and, fair warning, could cause many a shy reader to blush. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Sophfronia Scott
Ah! Anais and Henry! Such inspiration to get back into writing letters long-hand...or simply writing love letters to my dear ones in general. This book is an absolute keeper. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Joe Marin