By Erica Jong
Fearless, iconic poet, novelist, and feminist Erica Jong bargains a desirable in-depth appreciation of the debatable lifestyles and paintings of yankee literary enormous Henry Miller
Henry Miller (Tropic of melanoma) and Erica Jong (Fear of Flying) are actual literary soul friends. either authors were, in equivalent degree, lauded for his or her artistic genius and maligned for his or her frank remedy of human sexuality. So who higher than Erica Jong to supply knowledgeable appraisal and appreciation of Henry Miller, the fellow and his art?
At as soon as a serious research, a biography, a memoir of a awesome friendship, and a party of the lifestyles and paintings of the writer whom Erica Jong compares to Whitman, The satan at huge explores the peaks and valleys of Miller's storied writing profession. It examines his tumultuous relationships—including his doomed marriage to June Mansfield and his lifelong tenuous bond together with his mother—and confirms his status as an artistic genius.
Jong, a popular feminist, courageously solutions critics who accuse her topic of degrading girls in his fiction, suggesting in its place that he sought to demystify them by way of the violent verbal magic of his books. With grace, wit, heat, and intelligence, Jong brings readers on the subject of the fellow and his writing. There hasn't ever been a extra incisive and insightful research of this unparalleled American grasp.
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My episode was titled ‘‘The Child’’ and revolved around a youngster in some compromising situations. It was revealed at the end of the story that my character was not a child but a midget.
Even as a child, I could sense the haunting tone that the sounds evoked in the stillness as our characters continued the frightening and lonely journey, not knowing where we were going, drifting along the gray river with the eerie notes of the crazed preacher echoing through the darkness. I learned that attention to style and tone was elemental to the creation of a film. Stanley Cortez was the talented and brilliant cinematographer. In one of the scenes toward the end of the movie, John and Pearl hide in a hayloft.
She persevered in a tough business, and to quote her, ‘‘I think the things that are necessary in my profession are these: taste, talent and tenacity. ’’ In my opinion, she certainly did, and it was an honor to work with her and soak up her talent and graciousness. The Night of the Hunter was cinematically years ahead and was built on a German expressionistic mode in black and white with stylized dialogue, odd camera angles, and dark shadows. It was not well received, and Charles Laughton became so disturbed over the reviews that he vowed never to direct another film.
Devil at Large: Erica Jong on Henry Miller by Erica Jong