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CRAZY COCK

Miller, Henry

ISBN 10: 0802114121 / ISBN 13: 9780802114129
Published by Grove Weidenfeld, New York, 1991
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Written in1927 before Miller's international success with "Tropic of Cancer," Tropic of Capricorn" and "Black Spring," then put aside on his return to the U.S. from Paris, "Crazy Cock" was re-discovered after Miller's death by his biographer, Mary V. Dearborn. Partly autobiographical, it is the story of Tony Bring, a writer living in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1920s, bewildered and lost when his wife, Hildred, begins a lesbian relationship with an woman named Vanya. With an introduction by Dearborn and a foreword by Erica Jong. A small remainder "dot" on the bottom edge of the text, o/w text and boards are clean and unmarked, tight and square. The dustjacket shows only a touch of surface and edgewear, no tears, no creasing or chipping, not price-clipped. A collectable copy of this early example of Miller's writing, several years before he found his mature voice. Bookseller Inventory # 004975

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Title: CRAZY COCK

Publisher: Grove Weidenfeld, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Struggling as a writer amid the bohemianism of 1920s Greenwich Village, well-born Tony Bring must suddenly deal with the knowledge that his beloved wife Hildred, has taken her female friend, Vanya, as a lover

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Early Henry Miller fighting the hydra of English. In the late 20's Miller was living in Greenwich Village, writing Crazy Cock and being housed and fed by his wife June. He kept revising Crazy Cock but later in Paris set it aside to write Tropic of Cancer--a wise choice, since the first three paragraphs of Cancer are worth Crazy Cock entire. Here is Miller at his most swollen and surreal, with barely a hint of his comic genius and with the worst faults of Cancer now strung end to end. There are perhaps only two or three scenes in Crazy Cock that spring to their feet as storytelling. The rest is French dross: ``Late one afternoon, as if electrified, he sprang out of bed...and began to write...The words rose up inside him like tombstones and danced without feet; he piled them up like an acropolis of flesh, rained on them with vengeful hate until they dangled like corpses slung from a lamppost. The eyes of his words were guitars and they were laced with black laces, and he put crazy hats on his words and under their laps table legs and napkins. And he had his words copulate with one another to bring forth empires, scarabs, holy water, the lice of dreams and dream of wounds.'' The plot is that one day June (called Hildred), who works as a waitress, brings home Vanya, a midwestern artist-waif who makes puppets and paints surreal figures on the apartment's walls and with whom Hildred forms a lesbian tie (the novel's first title was Lovely Lesbians). Miller, called Tony Bring, is soon fed up with Vanya, whom he treats as a retarded child. The rages and bad vibes among the three figures give the reader what action the novel has. Although the tie between the two women comes off rather warmly, Tony is a cold fish not even an author could love. Dull and amateurish despite the overrich boil of words. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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