Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Henry Miller's Red Phoenix

James Cooney’s magazine, The Phoenix was meant to be the beacon for “writers who believe in the truths that D.H. Lawrence propagated and who are seeking, as he did, to bring about the beginnings of a new way of life by which men may deliver themselves from the fatal debris of this crumbling Christian civilization …” [1]
Henry Miller caught wind of the project while it was still in the development stage. In the midst of his own Lawrence project (The World of D.H. Lawrence), Miller had found a means to be published in his home country—which he’d barely cracked—by offering an excerpt of his unpublished Lawrence work to appear in its debut issue early in 1938. Miller and Cooney soon found themselves in a mail correspondence and collaboration, in which Miller (based in Paris) acted as the magazine’s European Editor, as well as being the connection between The Phoenix and writers such as Anais Nin and Michael Fraenkel, whose appearances would help lend significance to the struggling arts journal. After four issues, a feud between Miller and Fraenkel—as well as the on-coming war—pushed Miller out of the project, leaving Cooney with his shattering dream.

Karl Orend’s book, Henry Miller’s Red Phoenix: A Lawrentian Quest (Alyscamps Press, 2006) tells the story of The Phoenix magazine project. At the same time that that tale revolves around the earnest and tragic James Cooney and his suffering young wife, Blanche, it does so within a Henry Miller-shaped frame. Orend has a way of weaving his various narrative threads into a tight cord; even when the narrative is deep into description about James Cooney, Blanche Cooney, the Woodstock artist colony of the 1930s, Anais Nin, and Michael Fraenkel, Henry Miller is always present in some way (as is the subject of D.H. Lawrence, who inspired not only Cooney, but Miller and the entire Villa Seurat circle as well.)

Keeping chronological pace of this story is a detailed description of the correspondence between Miller and Cooney, allowing the reader to feel the intimacy of each letter exchange. It certainly proves Miller a supporter of the arts and his fellow writer.

Published biographies often, by their nature, streamline a life for practical purposes. If you’ve read all of the Miller biographies, then you’ll find this refreshing because it allows us to view the Miller you know from another perspective. The 100+ pages allow us time to observe a single chapter in his life as it ebbs and flows, allowing time meet the other players involved, often as asides, as if Miller has left the room yet we are still there to listen in on the gossip; we see, for example, the relationship develop between Cooney and Michael Fraenkel, to the extent where Fraenkel joins Cooney in Woodstock, New York, to work on the small press and attempt to create an artists’ utopia.

Orend, who has been researching and writing on Miller for years (see Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal, for starters; there’s also a wealth of independently-published works), knows this material inside-out, and shares it with extensive notations. The book also presents significant biographical information about Eduardo Sanchez, cousin to Anais Nin.

The second half of Henry Miller’s Red Phoenix, titled “Henry Miller’s Journey into The World Of Lawrence,” details Miller’s relationship with Lawrence’s work, including the trials of writing World. In the Appendix, Orend has included Conrad Moricand’s horoscope analysis of Henry Miller (which also appears in the latest Nexus journal).

Alyscamps Press doesn’t appear to have a central presence on the internet, but it you’re interested in the book, I can probably put you in touch with the author if you send me an e-mail.

[1] New York Times announcement, June 13, 1937; as cited by Orend.

20 Comments:

Blogger Slobodan Burgher said...

Oh, thanks for this, did not know of the book. Might try to get a copy...

Also, it sounds also remotely similar to the biographical approach of another recent book, on Burroughs called "Beats in Texas: The missing years of William S. Burroughs" by Rob Johnson (see: http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2006/johnsonlost.htm)

As usual, an excellent and interesting post for which I say: Thank You!

9:31 am  
Blogger Garen said...

Can you get me in touch with Karl Orend? An e-mail address would be nice. The one I have does not seem to work.

7:05 pm  
Blogger RC said...

Hello Garen
I do have contact info for Mr Orend, but I'm not at liberty to hand it out (even though it may be the same defunct one you have..). If an email request is sent to my blog's Hotmail account, or alternately, to the email listed at the Nexus journal website, I'm sure one of us can forward your email to him.
Thanks.
RC

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