Friday, September 23, 2005

Miller In The World Of Girlie Magazines (to 1970)

The sexual escapades and bohemian freedom enjoyed by Henry Miller set him up as a populist bachelor superhero at mid-century. When the "girlie" magazines hit the racks in the late 50's-early 60's, it was inevitable that Miller would be featured in the occassional 'men's magazine.'

I'd taken the time to compile this list (thanks in great part to the website California when, wouldn't you know it, I discovered that someone has already done this. Henry Miller And The Nudies: A Bibliography For Readers And Collectors, by Roger Jackson (103 pps, 1996) appears to have the complete index (and maybe articles?). I don't have this book, and, probably, neither do you. So here's my own (likely incomplete) index to 1970.

1957 - July Playboy. Henry has a short 'letter to the editor.' I don't know what it's about.

1959 - Month? Venus. Henry Miller: Pornographer (no other details) .

1959 - July. Rogue. "Article on Henry Miller." Also features the short story "The Hangman" by Harlan Ellison, who was also the magazine editor at the time. (cover at right)

1961 - Oct. Rogue. Big Sur: The Tropic Of Henry Miller. This article is significant in that it was the first published piece for Hunter S. Thompson. Here's a little article about it from Gadfly Online.

1961 - Dec. Scene. "Article on Henry Miller." (cover at left)

1962 - Mar. Bachelor. Henry Miller's Tropic Of Cancer. (cover at the top of page)

1963 - Mar. Sir!. A full-page headshot of Miller for an article about pornography. [poor Henry becomes a posterboy]. Also features Kerouac's The Dharma Bums and a 4-page spread on decorating your bachelor pad.

1964 - Sept. Playboy. A full Playboy interview with Miller, by Bernard Wolfe. I thought I could find this transcribed on-line somewhere, but no luck.

1965 - Mar?. Barred. Profile of Miller and a review of The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy. Also several reviews of "nudie flicks" like The Defilers and Take Off Your Clothes & Live!.

1965 - Apr. Sir!. Interview with Maurice Girodias, founder of Olympia Press, who talks about "discovering" Henry Miller. Actually, his father, Jack Kahane (Obelisk Press) may be in a better position to make such claims.

1965 - May. Hi-Life. "Article on Henry Miller." Also articles by Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren, as well as a Tenneessee Willimas interview.

1965 - Dec. Playboy. The Old Neighbourhood by Henry Miller. Henry writes about Brooklyn.

1966 - June. Bachelor. The Sex World Of Henry Miller by Catherine Fox.

1966 - Oct. Broadside. Glittering Pie by Henry Miller (originally from Max And The White Phagocytes)

1970 - June. Playboy. Tropic Of Cancer Revisited. A photo essay of the filming of the film adaptation of Tropic Of Cancer (with Rip Torn as Henry). Henry wrote the accompanying text about the filming and about his stay in Paris during the shoot. According to the PBA Gallery listing of the original document, he wrote it on October 3, 1969.

Incidentally, the PBA Gallery also has a description of the Playboy-Miller correspondance collection (which it sold off a few years ago).

If you're interested in old magazine cover design and art, check out, where I managed to find the Bachelor cover on this posting (there are more issues on the site).


Anonymous James Decker said...

I am lucky enough to own the Jackson book. It is 400 pages long and was published in a limited edition of 39 copies. The book is lavishly illustrated and contains generous excerpts from 346 articles written by and about Miller, 1953-1997. As you may know, Jackson is the driving force behind the massive Miller bibliography (vol. 1 & 2). His current project deals with an important Miller letter that dates from his Dijon sojourn. Karl Orend provides an excellent essay and numerous notes that contextualize the letter. Roger Jackson may be reached at 339 Brookside Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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