Apr 29, 2004 - Sale 2004

Sale 2004 - Lot 217

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ON OBSCENITY MILLER, HENRY. Archive of 20 letters, to Bart Winer, the editor of Tricolor, concerning Miller's article on obscenity and other submissions, on the publication of several of his works in France, praising Tricolor, and other matters. Includes 7 Autograph Letters Signed, 3 Typed Letters Signed and 10 Autograph Postcards Signed. Also includes a few carbon copies of replies to Miller. Format varies; condition generally very good. Big Sur, 1944-45

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Miller's "Obscenity and the Law of Reflection" appeared in the February 1945 issue of Tricolor. It was an important essay by Miller, in which he comes close to apologizing for the alledged obscenity in his writings, but argues that obscenity exists in the world and that he as author is simply telling the truth. In proposing the article, he writes in a 24 September 1944 ALS in this group: "I have already established quite a reputation as obscene writer. I might be able to ...


Miller's "Obscenity and the Law of Reflection" appeared in the February 1945 issue of Tricolor. It was an important essay by Miller, in which he comes close to apologizing for the alledged obscenity in his writings, but argues that obscenity exists in the world and that he as author is simply telling the truth. In proposing the article, he writes in a 24 September 1944 ALS in this group: "I have already established quite a reputation as obscene writer. I might be able to say better what the critics, pundits & psychologists strive to tell about it." A nice group of letters with strong literary content.