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Elmer Gertz Collection of Henry Miller


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

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Elmer Gertz and Henry Miller

Manuscripts and newspaper clippings

Elmer Gertz Collection of Henry Miller, 1962-1975 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Matthew A. Borowicz

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Collection Overview

Title: Elmer Gertz Collection of Henry Miller, 1962-1975Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 271

Primary Creator: Miller, Henry, (1891-1980.)

Other Creators: Gertz, Elmer, (1906-2000.)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged in three series:  1) Correspondence, 2) Writings about Henry Miller and 3) Manuscripts, ephemera and photographs.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1976. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Authors, American - 20th century, Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of materials relating to Henry Miller by Elmer Gertz from 1962 to 1975.  The papers include correspondence, writings by Gertz and Miller, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings.  The papers reflect the relationship between these two men.  In the early 1960's, Mr. Gertz came to the defense of Mr. Miller, whose 1934 novel ''Tropic of Cancer'' was finally published in the United States in 1961 by Grove Press, to critical praise but also to accusations of obscenity.  By 1964 the Supreme Court ruled that the sale of the novel was protected by the Constitution.

Biographical Note

Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 - June 7, 1980), was an American writer and painter. He is known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of "novel" that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism, one that is distinctly always about and expressive of the real-life Henry Miller and yet is also fictional. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Black Spring. He also wrote travel memoirs and essays of literary criticism and analysis.His daughter, Valentine Miller lives today on the Monterey Peninsula.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American - 20th century
Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additions 1990; need to be added to collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 boxes

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Related Materials: Elmer Gertz Collection held by Special Collection Research Center; Elmer Gertz papers held by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Elmer Gertz Collection of Henry Miller, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Elmer Gertz and Henry Miller],
[Series 3: Manuscripts and newspaper clippings],

Series 3: Manuscripts and newspaper clippingsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Manuscript: "The Jews and Israel" By: Ethel TierskyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript: "Morality and Literature" By: Henry Miller, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript: No title or authorAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ephemera: "Clippings", 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ephemera: "Clippings", 1966-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ephemera: "Clippings", 1970-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ephemera: "Clippings", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs: Henry Miller and Elmer GertzAdd to your cart.

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