Across the next couple of weeks, we’ll be running some guest blogs courtesy of Kathleen McCloud, a New Mexico based visual artist. Here’s the first installment!
When my Aunt Dorothy Schnellock-Greene died in 1995 I inherited her brother Emil’s desk, and personal memorabilia from his years as literary executor for his lifelong friend, Henry Miller.
Included were Emil’s personal copies of books gifted to him by Henry and a black briefcase filled with typescripts annotated by Henry and copies of early reviews of “Tropic of Cancer,” pamphlets, personal correspondence between Emil and British writer Claude Houghton as well as essays on the “Tropic of Cancer” (censored and banned at the time) written by Emil’s students at Mary Washington College (at the time an all girls school, now University of Mary Washington).
The original letters, and ephemera sent to Emil for safekeeping during the Paris years were turned over to Henry in 1938 at Caresse Crosby’s Hampton Manor house in Virginia while Henry was visiting there – many eventually made it to UCLA Special Collections.