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Henry Miller, Happy Rock
by Brassaï
translated by Jane Marie Todd
University of Chicago Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-226-07139-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-07140-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3525.I5454Z65813 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 818/.5209

"In a world like this one, it's difficult to devote oneself to art body and soul. To get published, to get exhibited, to get produced often requires ten or twenty years of patient, intense labor. I spent half my life at it! And how do you survive during all that time? Beg? Live off other people until you're successful? What a dog's life! I know something about that! You're always recognized too late. And today, it's no longer enough to have talent, originality, to write a good or beautiful book. One must be inspired! Not only touch the public but create one's own public. Otherwise, you're headed straight for suicide."

That's Henry Miller's advice for young aspiring artists, as remembered by his very good friend Brassaï in this lively book. One of two that Brassaï wrote about the man who called himself a "happy rock," this volume covers their lives and friendship from the 1950s to 1973. Over the course of a number of warm, intimate conversations, Brassaï and Miller revisit their careers; discuss art, literature, Paris, Greece, Japan, World War II, and more; and consider the lives and works of many others in their circle, including Lawrence Durrell, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Georges Simenon, André Malraux, Hans Reichel, Paul Klee, and Amedeo Modigliani. Throughout Miller's zest for life shines through, as do his love of art and his passionate intensity for just about everything he does, from discussing a movie or play he'd just seen to reminiscing about a decades-long love.

Brassaï's Henry Miller, Happy Rock presents a vivid portrait of two close friends who thoroughly enjoy each other's company—and just happen to be world—famous artists too.
Brassaï (born Gyula Halász, 1899-1984) was a photographer, journalist, and author of many photographic monographs and literary works, including Letters to My Parents, Conversations with Picasso, and Proust in the Power of Photography.

Jane Marie Todd has translated a number of books, including Conversations with Picasso by Brassaï, Largesse by Jean Starobinski, and The Forbidden Image by Alain Besançon.
    Spring 1953
    Sunday, April 19, 1959
    Thursday, April 30, 1959
    May 1959
    April 9, 1960
    May 7, 1960
    Sunday, May 8, 1960
    Sunday evening, May 8, 1960
    Tuesday, May 10, 1960
    Friday, May 13, 1960
    Friday, May 13, 1960 (continued)
    Friday, May 13, 1960 (continued)
    Tuesday, May 17, 1960
    October 1960
    Friday, April 20, 1962
    Summer 1962
    Wednesday, August 15, 1962
    Tuesday, April 6, 1965
    Tuesday, September 19, 1967
    Friday, September 22, 1967
    Tuesday, October 3, 1967
    Friday, October 6, 1967
    Wednesday, August 20, 1969
    Thursday, June 28, 1973
    Index of Names

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