Henry Millerâ€™s James Joyce: A Painful Case Of Envy
by Sam Bluefarb (April 2012)
“To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life!”
--James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
I came to Henry Miller’s work by way of Lawrence Koenigsberg, a New York friend, who was also a casual friend of Henry Miller. On the occasion of his return to America from Europe, Miller stayed at Larry’s place on the lower East Side for a brief time. Some years later, on the occasion of my discharge from the army and my own return from Europe, I, too, was invited to stay at Larry’s for a few days before resuming my way back to California. In that time, Larry raved about this writer—Henry Miller—whom I had never heard of, and made me promise to read his work and to visit him up at Big Sur when I got home. I kept that promise about two years later. By then I had been settled into civilian life and completed a couple of semesters at college under the GI Bill. more>>>
Posted on 03/31/2012 2:30 PM by NER
31 Mar 2012
An â€œad homonymâ€� attack? Unlike an ad hominemâ€”assailing a writerâ€™s personality or characterâ€”an â€œad homonymâ€� attack might feature punitive puns upon an authorâ€™s authority, perhaps, such as â€œheâ€™s a writer of wrongsâ€�.
29 Aug 2012
This is a pretty poor argument. It's true that Miller's critique of Joyce gave off far more heat than light, but it had nothing to do with envy. Miller frequently praised Joyce as a historically significant writer, and in Tropic of Cancer he even dubbed Joyce "The great blind Milton of our time." On the whole, Miller's position on Joyce was one of passionate ambivalence. This was, to some degree, an instance of "the anxiety of influence." It was also, though, a matter of fundamental differences between Miller and Joyce's respective worldviews.