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Twinka Thiebaud is an artist's model who, along with posing for her father, American painter Wayne Thiebaud, collaborated with many notable photographers of the 20th century. In the work of Judy Dater, one particular photo, "Imogen and Twinka," created in Yosemite National Park, became one of the most recognizable and iconic images captured by an American photographer. In it, ninety-two year old Imogen Cunningham, a groundbreaking photographer in her own right, confronts and locks gaze with Twinka, who appears as a wood nymph frozen before her camera's lens. The image can been seen in private and major museum collections around the world. For three years Twinka lived with the aging novelist Henry Miller in his Pacific Palisades home acting as his cook and caretaker while working as an artist's model, posing for art students and other noted photographers; Mary Ellen Mark, Arnold Newman, Lucien Clergue, Eikoh Hosoe, and Ralph Gibson among others. At home with Miller, Twinka was captivated and delighted along with other dinnertime guests and celebrities by Miller's nightly tales of his past exploits. Listening, she began to keep a notebook of her version of what he said each evening. Eventually showing him her notes, he expressed immense enthusiasm, encouraging her to write a book. The result is a compilation of both Miller's intimate conversations and Twinka's memoirs about the years she spent living under his roof and his lasting effect on her. Twinka lives in Portland, Oregon.
Thiebaud's book offers interesting tidbits of Henry Miller's life post-TROPICS. Miller watched television one hour a week--the hour of Friday Night Wrestling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wayne F. Burke
I remember these days fondly. So glad Twinka wrote about it. She brought it all back in a beautiful way.Published 23 months ago by Carol Foster
Twinka Thiebaud gives a great glimpse into the personal life of Henry Miller in his last years. It is so wonderful to read of all the people that loved Miller and honored him by... Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by roostah
really wonderful, I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you Twinka. A must for everybody who likes Henry Miller. Woderful insights he had in his eighties.Published on December 1, 2012 by Will Brucks
This is a book about coming of age, about meaningful mentorship and its legacy, about the wisdom of elders, about crazy characters, about appreciating faults and yet still holding... Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by C. Spencer
I thoroughly enjoyed Twinka Thiebaud's book, " What Doncha Know? About Henry Miller."
From the introduction when Twinka met the `pornographer' ( her own words at 17 years old)... Read more
It's great to see this new edition; I read and reviewed the first one, titled "Reflections," when it was first published in 1981 (my review is still available online for those... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Robert Couteau
Delightfully clean, lyrical writing that can be devoured in a single sitting or savored one neatly crafted snippet at a time. Thank you to the author, Ms. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Jen Baker
Absolutely loved this book. From the moment I began reading I was transported to the dinner table of Henry Miller. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by maya