EXTRAORDINARY CONTENT TYPED LETTER SIGNED
Famed Writer Henry Miller Begs For Monetary Assistance
MILLER, Henry (1891-1980). American writer
and painter. Noted for his autobiographical controversial novels
of sexual candor and self-realization.
He is known as the Father of the Beat Generation of writers.
Miller led a bohemian existence that he write about in his novels; Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936),
and Tropic of Capricorn (1939). These three books were
prohibited in the United States on grounds of obscenity. They
were frequently smuggled into this country building Henry Miler
an underground following.
Informative and unusual Typed Letter Signed,
one half page, Big-Sur (California) February 26, 1955. Miller
"Unless I receive help soon from those I call my
friends I shall be in a very bad way. Despite the fact that there
are several thousand dollars in royalties due me from various
sources, mostly abroad, I can do nothing to hasten the payment
The only solution I can think of, since I have found it
impossible to borrow anything like the sum I so urgently need,
is to ask if you would be willing to send me a dollar a week,
or a dollar a month, whichever you can spare, until the crisis
I make this suggestion because it demands the minimum of time
and effort to slip a dollar bill into an envelope and post it.
Naturally, I stand ready to return whatever is sent me just as
soon as circumstances permit. And I mean this absolutely.
If you know any one you think would be glad to follow suit, please
pass this letter on. Every little bit will help and will be most
Signed in full. Letter in very fine condition. Original mailing
folds, together with original "hand addressed" name
This remarkable letter was purchased directly from the person
it was written to, and therefore, is never been on the market
and the content sheds light on to some very hard times for Henry