Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Fink mss., 1948-1976, consist primarily of letters from Henry Miller, 1891-1980, to author Edith Fink, 1917- , and from Anaïs Nin, 1903-1977, to Edith's husband, Robert Fink. Miller's letters discuss Edith's writing style and her problems of finding a publisher for both her cookbook and a novel. He also talks about his poor health and his social activities. Anaïs Nin's notes and cards to Robert (there are also two cards to Edith) are all from 1973 and primarily social notes, as well as some comments on Edith's publisher problems. There is one longer letter that discusses Henry Miller's supposed anti-Semitism.

Other correspondents present are William R. Cagle, Kenneth W. Duckett, and George Polley. Photographs and negatives of Miller and of some of his art works, and a few printed pieces about Miller or Nin, complete the collection.

An inventory and a finding aid are available.

Purchase. Sheila I. Spiro. Pasadena, CA 91104. 1998

Collection size: 70 items

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