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Dear, Dear Brenda: The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus [Hardcover]

Brenda Venus , Henry Miller , Gerald S. Sindell


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st Edition edition (January 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688028160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688028169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #906,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bedridden and in his late 80s, Miller wrote more than 1500 letters to a young actress-dancer who was the last great love of his life. The letters here selected, interspersed with commentary by Venus and each virtually complete, are remarkable for their clarity, cheerfulness and passiona passion often expressed with Milleresque uninhibitednessand interesting for their views on writers, painters, sex and spirituality (the last two considered by Miller to be inseparable). As the final blaze-up of a powerful romantic spirit, the letters make a touching love story; and as Durrell points out in his crisp preface, we should be grateful to Venus for the tact and generosity that allowed Miller to spend his last days in a "marvelous euphoria of loving attachment." 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. January 22
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In his eighties (from 1976 to 1980), Miller almost daily wrote love letters to actress Brenda Venusmissives overflowing with memories and hopes, crackling with erudition, exploding with explicit sex. As friend Lawrence Durrell prefaces: "He does not exaggerate when he says she is literally keeping him alive; indeed her generosity and tact allowed him to end his days in a marvelous euphoria of loving attachment." Miller's intelligence, sensuality, humanity, and love reverberate throughout this correspondence, in spite of his then being critically ill and almost blind. These letters, written while he was dying, exhibit his remarkable creative capacities that for too long went unrecognized. Glenn O. Carey, English Dept., Eastern Kentucky Univ., Richmond
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Henry Miller fans! Aug. 31 1999
By August747@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This collection of letters were addressed to Henry's final love, Brenda Venus. Right before I read this book, I read "Letters To Hoki". Picking up "Dear, Dear Brenda", I thought 'Here we go again, with some other chick trying to scam Henry's wallet!". How wrong I was. By the end of the book, I had a tear in my eye & thanked Brenda for the kind, gentle & caring way she assisted Henry through the final days of his life. Brenda made Henry's last days marvelous ones, even though his health was failing. This collection of letters should not be missed by any of Henry Miller's devoted fans, as it will make you much more at ease knowing his state of mind around the time of his final days. Thank you, dear, dear Brenda.
5.0 out of 5 stars A step inside a truly heartfelt love story May 6 2013
By M. Waldrep - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The first several pages made me choke up in tears. You can feel how much this relationship gave strength with each correspondence. Inspiring, lovely, scandalous, true, sweet. I love this book. It's what I needed too.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I would not call this a must-read for female Henry Miller fans April 10 2013
By Avocadess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First I should say that I have not yet finished the book, but have read about two-thirds of it. To my dismay, it doesn't seem to stop feeling disappointing to me.

While Mr. Miller always had some interesting things to say, has it really been worth reading his sexual fantasies with her even while he and she were not a couple that engaged in sex beyond touches and kisses which she seems to really not want? It makes me embarrassed for him.

I don't blame her for printing the letters. He is after all a famous writer and people will want to see them -- but if I had been him I think I would have asked her never to share the sexual fantasies he had with her whilst their actual physical relationship was pretty well non-existent. It is just not a pleasant picture to have of him (or even her) to me. Maybe it's just my prejudice that I would have liked it so VERY much better if she had just been honest with him that she didn't really want to hear that part. Then again, maybe it was a big ego boost for her, but that doesn't paint a very good picture of her. [That said, maybe she is just a very different bird than me and actually really felt she was doing someone a favor by encouraging to write "anything you want." It is not for me to judge -- I am only reporting how reading this made ME feel!]

I feel embarrassed reading this as if I walked in on someone when they were in a strange and awkward position in the bathroom. It happens, but really do I want that page after page? No. Not this reader.

I just want to add that I have no problem reading erotic works, and have enjoyed some of his steamier writings, but due to the situation between these two it made it impossible for me to read it as if it were even vaguely erotic. Instead, it just made me feel very sad.

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