Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Shamroy mss., ca. 1940-1963, consist of letters to Leon Shamroy, cinematographer, and his first wife, Audrey Mason Shamroy, from painter and sculptor Beniamino Bufano, Israeli artist Bezalel (Lilak) Schatz, author Henry Miller and his third wife Martha Lepska Miller. The letters are primarily during the late 1940's and 1950's when Shamroy was head cinematographer at 20th Century Fox. Subjects discussed in the letters include several of Miller's books, particularly references to Sexus, Nexus, and Plexus, A Devil in Paradise, and Into the Night Life; Miller's water-colors which Shamroy would buy from him; Miller's generally impoverished state at this time and his problems getting money from his French publishers; marital difficulties of both Miller and Shamroy; Schatz' painting; Bufano's work, particularly a project for the United Nations; Shamroy's films, specifically Porgy and Bess and plans for The Robe. Most of the letters are written from Big Sur where the Millers lived and Schatz and Bufano often stayed. Others are from New York, Los Angeles, and Rome. The last folder in the file contains printed material relating to Beniamino Bufano's works.

Collection size: 92 items

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