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Welcome to my new blog site Spending Time with Henry Miller! This site was started in conjunction with a GoFundMe campaign I started to raise money for my upcoming book on Henry Miller. You can donate to the campaign here: http://gofundme.com/henrymillerrocks.

Once completed, all donors will receive a book. For now, they have my eternal gratitude.

On this site, I will keep you updated on my research progress, share some of my writing with you and naturally, provide you with some Henry Miller gems, so that you, too, will become convinced that Henry Miller’s current position in the American canon is not quite where it should be.

The three major writers of his generation are William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. While time will be the ultimate arbiter and judge, I feel that Miller is on a par with this triumvirate, and even was ahead of his time in that he was both a modernist and postmodernist, a novelist as well as a memoirist and, finally, the essential twentieth-century bridge figure between Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac.

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About

Inez Hollander has a Ph.D. in American Lit and published her dissertation and biography of American novelist and journalist Hamilton Basso (1904-1964) in 1999 with Louisiana State University Press.

Although American Literature was her first love (after her husband, kiddos and two doxies who are spoiled rotten), Hollander built up a portfolio career of teaching, writing, publishing and translating. While she taught at UC Berkeley for ten years, she works now mostly in high tech (localization and translation). But this is not where her heart is, and to salvage her soul, she is not only writing a campus novel but also wants to return to her research of Henry Miller, whom she has devoured over the years, on and off.

Moving to California in 1999, and discovering the rugged beauty of the California Coast and Big Sur, Hollander also rediscovered Miller again. While make a cameo appearance in her first memoir Ontwaken uit de Amerikaanse droom (Amsterdam: Archipel, 2004), Miller then moved center stage in a novella she wrote in 2008 (Euro Trippy, Amazon). Now the time has come to do a solid book on Henry Miller, a grand opus that is as wild and unpredictable as the sage himself and the weather in Big Sur.

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This book feels a little bit like jumping off a cliff, especially if it means getting lost in the Henry Miller stuff, when I should be working, earning a pay check and making ends meet in the expensive place the San Francisco Bay Area has become but Miller said this, and I hope you agree:

“Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.”

Wish me luck…

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