Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bloom mss., 1960-1973, are the letters of Anais Nin, 1903-1977, author, to Roger Bloom during the period that Bloom was first at Jefferson City and then at Moberly, Missouri. After 1966 he lived in the Chicago area with his wife Gertrude and owned a barber shop. Miss Nin, who was married to Ian Hugo Guiler, 1898?- , film maker, was interested in helping Bloom secure parole and in the meantime encouraged his contacts and relationships in the outside world. Frequent mention is made throughout the letters of Henry Miller with whom Bloom also corresponded and of George John Dibbern who was another sponsor of Bloom's. Miss Nin made special reference to Dibbern's death in a letter of June 21, 1962. Other figures noted in the collection were Djuna Barnes, Marguerite Duras, Oliver Wendell Evans, Jean Genet, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Gavin Lambert, Norman Mailer, Henri Michaux, Joaquin Nin, Alfred Perles, Barnett Lee Rosset, Andres Segovia, Georges Simenon, and Jean Varda. Occasional reference is made to Two Cities for which Anais Nin was an editor and Fair Sex, a new magazine she planned to edit.

The collection also includes an article about Anais Nin by Oliver Wendell Evans which was published in Prairie Schooner in the Fall, 1962, issue and partially published as the Introduction to his Anais Nin (Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1968), several photographs of Miss Nin, and a folder of printed materials complete the collection.

Collection size: 169 items

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