Friday, August 12, 2005

Fragments from Big Sur

Henry Miller. If you found your way here, you already know enough about the man to justify my exclusion of a formal biography. My purpose with this blog is to collect information about Miller from the Internet and other sources, and to offer--at least weekly--a regular place for Miller enthusiasts worldwide to visit.

The first hit one gets upon entering the name "Henry Miller" into Google is the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. Miller never actually lived in this building (though he lived in Big Sur). It had been the home of his friend, Emil White, who later turned it into the current Miller shrine. According to this, Miller lived at Anderson Canyon then, later, "high above the fog line in Partington Ridge." He'd taken the latter house from Jean Wharton in February 1947.

The man who took this photo (left) of Miller in 1961, Jonathan Williams, describes a visit to Miller at Partingtom Ridge in 1951.

Not long ago, I searched Miller on ebay, and came across copies of a sign he had apparently written to hang out his door, to disuade the pilgrimaging faithful from bothering him. Wish I'd saved the photo and text for this blog. (**update Aug 19: a digital photo of this sign [taken at the H M Memorial Library] can be found here).

The increasingly popular Wikipedia, the public encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," has a pretty disappointingly meagre entry for Henry Miller. The author(s) seems to reduce Miller to his famous obscenity trial, and offers little more. Someday I hope to give him a more proper treatment (like this). Interestingly, someone claiming to be Miller's son, Tony, sent a furious email to Wikipedia about this entry, or at least an even worse previous entry.

A more loving and satisfied posting about Miller can be found in this fairly new website, created by another Miller offspring, Valentine Miller. (nice little site) Look up her biography and see a pic of her as a little girl "at Big Sur," presumably with the Miller house way in the background.

All for now.

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I finished reading the whole site now. It is quite impressive and I hope you're keeping all this research together for publication as a book some day.

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