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Hamlet (2 Volume set), Miller's personal set signed by Him by  Michael  Henry and Fraenkel - First Editions - from Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB (SKU: 013531)

Hamlet (2 Volume set), Miller's personal set signed by Him

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Hamlet (2 Volume set), Miller's personal set signed by Him

by Miller, Henry and Fraenkel, Michael

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New York; (1939 and 1941): Carrefour. First Editions. Octavo. In two volumes; 229(1)pp. and 465pp. Henry Miller's personal copies and he has signed volume II along with the following address of his literary agents below his name, 522 5th avenue,/c/o Russell & Volkening/ N.Y.C. He continued to live in near povery in the early 1940's. The correspondence covered the years 1935 -1938 with Miller's letters to Michael Fraenkel (the model for Boris in Tropic of Cancer) the real subject is not Shakespeare's play but Miller's interpretation of Boris's brilliance yet indecisiveness. Certainly one of the most important works giving a key to Miller's writing after completing his then still suppressed (in the US and England) trilogy. First Editions of these two volumes are very rare though reprints took placed in the 1980's. These early volumes include Michael Fraenkel's letters to Miller. The purple stamp in volume two "printed in Mexico" was one of the ways to avoid the ever present censors (one volume has in small letters printed in Belgium) This way Miller could claim he had no control over the scandalous content if sued for libel. In Henry Miller Letters to Anais Nin, he writes of the background of the publishing history. January 6, 1941 "Just got the mail but no checks and no contract or letter from Volkening (his literary agent was John Slocum)...Had letter from Fraenkel saying he is printing another batch of the Hamlet Letters in Mexico. On May 12, 1941 he writes her that Volkening is holding up his mail as he travels through the United States in what will become The Air Conditioned Nightmare. Both volumes bound in original paper wraps printed in red and black, large piece of paper torn away from spine of volume two and smaller piece from spine of volume one, some toning to spine and edges, both volumes housed within a custom leather backed slipcase.


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