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Name: Fink, Robert.

Historical Note:

Robert Finkelstein (later Fink) was a fan, correspondent, and benefactor of Henry Miller.  Their friendship strengthened when Fink and his wife Edie moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1949.  Fink soon found an excellent job in Los Angeles and opened his own successful electronics business.

The Finks visited Big Sur on weekends, sometimes taking food and other gifts for which Miller reciprocated with manuscripts and water colors.  Fink offered help in Miller's attempts to help other impoverished writers who appealed to him for funds, food or a place to stay.  Fink also began defending Miller against vilifying editorials, writing articles praising Miller's works and character.

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