California author Arthur Hoyle will discuss and sign his recently published biography of iconic American writer Henry Miller on Saturday, May 24, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
Called “the best book ever written about my father” by Miller’s son Tony, “The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur” recounts Miller’s career from its beginnings in Paris in the 1930s but focuses on his years living in Big Sur.
During that time period, he wrote many of his most important books, including the “Rosy Crucifixion” trilogy; married and divorced twice; raised two children; painted watercolors; and tried to live out an aesthetic and personal credo of self-realization.
Drawing extensively on correspondence between Miller and the members of his intimate literary circle — Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell, Alfred Perlès, James Laughlin, Wallace Fowlie, Huntington Cairns and Emil Schnellock — and examining closely key Miller texts, this biography presents a rounded portrait of Miller the man and artist as he struggles to find an American audience for his work, and to reach his personal goal of spiritual self-realization.
Hoyle is a writer, educator and independent filmmaker. His documentary films aired on PBS and have won numerous awards.
He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a film script on American social philosopher Thorstein Veblen. He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture.
Hoyle is at work on his second book, profiles of forgotten or controversial American men and women who have made significant contributions to American history and culture.