Saturday, December 10, 2005

Miller Characterized in 1934 Novel by Calmer

Henry Miller was the inspiration for the character 'Irving Brace' in an obscure novel by the American broadcaster and journalist Edgar 'Ned' Calmer. All The Summer Days (1934) was the fictional story of a group of ex-patriot Americans working for the Paris Edition of the Chicago Tribune (called the Paris American in the novel). Henry's "Irving Brace" is one such character. This is how Miller described it in a letter to Emil Schnellock on August 28, 1934:

"There is another book, by a friend of mine named Edgar Calmer (a Virginia fellow) who calls me Irving Brace in his book Always Summer [sic], which is being published by Harcourt Brace & Co. He has me killed at the end of the book--run down by a taxi while in an ecstatic mood. (Not to mention that he plagirized a few paragraphs from T. of C.--which I thought a good joke, particularly because he didn't think I noticed them.)"

Ned Calmer (photo left, circa 1950) was part of the real-life clan of Yank ex-pats working for the Chicago Tribune in Paris in the early 1930's, which included Henry Miller, Alfred Perles, Wambly Blad and many others. He had known Henry for at least three years by the time he based that character on him. In Miller's letter, he refers to the book as Always Summer, but it was copyrighted on March 29, 1934 as Beyond The Street and published by Harcourt Brace that same year under that title. When the book was re-published in 1961, it was re-titled All The Summer Days. I am making the assumption that these are the same works under different titles, because the timeline seems to suggest it.

This is the part of the post where it would make sense that I quote the passages about Miller/Brace (funny that Henry was named after the publisher, alluding to Calmer's awareness, I assume, of Henry's heavy desire to be published). Unfortunately, I don't own the book, and it's obscure enough that the reference libraries in my major city don't hold it. If you have a copy, please be a pal and post a comment with a quote or two. (perhaps I should just shell out $20 or so and order a used copy from somewhere).

This bit of trivia about Miller/Brace is mentioned in all the Miller bios I have, but just in passing. Mary Dearborn's Happiest Man Alive goes the furthest in detailing the relationship between Miller and Calmer. She quotes several letters Miller sent to Calmer, but I couldn't identify the source of this letter collection.

Ned Calmer and his wife were part of Henry's infamous list of people to scrounge meals off of in 1931. Henry showed Ned his manuscript for Crazy Cock, but Ned wasn't impressed. Ned showed Henry something that he had written, and was told he was (to quote Dearborn) "in danger of becoming a prig" and that he should (to quote Miller) "chew a little dirt." There are a few personal references to Calmer in A Literate Passion as well.

Ned Calmer was born in Chiacgo in 1907. He began his Paris journalist gig in 1927 and became a traveling foreign correpsondant shortly afterwards. Beyond The Street (which appears to be an extremely rare book) was his first novel. He later went into broadcast journalism, first in radio as an assistant to Edward R Murrow in 1940. He famously announced the beginning of the D-Day invasion on CBS in 1944 (this may or may not be him, but here's part of that day's broadcast in MP3). In the early 1950's, Calmer wrote the WWII novel Strange Land, analyzed here in 1958 [PDF file].

Calmer hosted several radio and television programs, and wrote books about the early days of TV journalism, including Anchorman (1970) and Late Show (1974). He holds notoriety in the history of TV as well: As the headline anchor for the CBS morning show Good Morning in 1956, he witnessed a horse shit on camera during a staged introduction, to which he commented into a live microphone and over the air, "Good God, what a fuck up!"

Calmer died in 1986 (New York Time obituary).

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting post! Calmer could have conceived the taxi episode after Henry's anecdote about his own (almost fatal) accident in a Paris taxi (will have to search where Miller talks about this strange incident in his books
though - "Letters to Emil", maybe?).Calmer's "All the Summer Days" is still available at: www.readinkbooks.com/si/12781.html(
Pierre from Montreal

1:02 pm  
Blogger RC said...

Pierre, thank you. You're right, I remember something about a taxi accident in Paris. I'll have to look it up as well.

4:36 pm  
Anonymous Pierre said...

Miller’s accident in a Paris taxi occurred on December 31, 1930. Jay Martin says this in « Always Merry and Bright » : « On New Year’s Eve, the last night of 1930,
Henry stepped into a taxi after a party at the Coupole; the taxi driver had been partying too, and as soon as he got his vehicle to its highest speed, the cab went out of control and hurtled head-on into another car. The force of the collision was so terrific that Henry’s taxi flipped right over, the glass side window smashed to bits right beside Henry and slivers flew all about inside. Yet he wasn’t even scratched. He celebrated this New Year’s nursing a case of piles and resolving to walk a few miles every day », p.221 in the Sheldon Press (British) edition. Martin gives as the source of this anecdote a letter to Emil Schnellock (2-16-31,11)and this is what Henry wrote:"Nearly killed New Year's Eve in a taxi smashup. Ran full on to another car,tipped it over. The glass smashed to bits right beside me, but I got off without a scratch - only to come down with the piles. And never felt the least nervous afterwards. As though it happened on another planet. Can you beat it?" p.75 in "Letters to Emil".
It is indeed possible that Miller had mentioned this incident to Ed Calmer when he was visiting him for a free dinner, and Calmer may have transformed the story into a tragic accident in « All the Summer Days »,therefore getting rid once and for all of Henry Miller (Irving Brace) « run down by a taxi while in an ecstatic mood »…
Pierre from Montreal

9:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this old book of mine from my days @CBS News and the last few pages were missing. Can anyone who read this book tell me if the main character married the woman named Ware in the book. Thanks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this old book of mine from my days @CBS News and the last few pages were missing. Can anyone who read this book tell me if the main character married the woman named Ware in the book. Thanks.

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Anonymous Howard Prouty said...

Well, I guess it's sort of ridiculous to post a comment on a 12-year-old blog post, but I just stumbled across it and feel that some "correction for the record" is called for. (I might also have a little "standing," so to speak, since my website -- www.readinkbooks.com -- is actually cited by the first commenter, above.) Although I haven't looked deeply into the matter (nor even read the entire blog post carefully), I can report definitively that Calmer's book "All the Summer Days" (published in 1961) was *NOT* a reprint of his first novel "Beyond the Street" (published, as stated, by Harcourt, Brace & Co. in 1934). They are completely different books: "Beyond the Street" takes place in a NYC high school, while "All the Summer Days" is, per its cover blurb, "a novel of Paris in the '20s," and no doubt largely autobiographical. I suspect that Calmer was writing the book that eventually became "All the Summer Days" in 1934, but abandoned it, and the blog-post writer simply focused on the year and jumped to the incorrect conclusion that it *was* published that year under the title "Beyond the Street."

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