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Crazy Cock

Henry Miller

ISBN 10: 0802114121 / ISBN 13: 9780802114129
Published by Grove Weidenfeld, 1991
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover, 202 pages in fine condition with near fine dustjacket, faint rubbing to jacket edges. 1st edition, 1st printing. Foreword by Erica Jong. intr by Mary V. Dearborn. Rediscovered in 1988 by Miller biographer Mary V. Dearborn, Carazy Cock is the tale of Tony Bring, as MIller calls himself in the book, a writer bewildered by his independant wife, Hildred, and the sordid world of Greenwich Village in the 1920s. It is both a historical and a literary addition to the canon of Henry Miller.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004023

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Title: Crazy Cock

Publisher: Grove Weidenfeld

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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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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