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By Henry Miller

ISBN-10: 0811212262

ISBN-13: 9780811212267

Aller Retour New York is really classic Henry Miller, written in the course of his such a lot inventive interval, between Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (1939). Miller constantly acknowledged that his most sensible writing used to be in his letters, and this unbuttoned missive to his pal Alfred Perlès is not just his longest (nearly eighty pages!) yet his best—an exuberant, rambling, episodic, funny account of his stopover at to ny in 1935 and go back to Europe aboard a Dutch send. regardless of its excessive reputation between Miller devotees, Aller Retour New York has by no means been effortless to discover. It was once first introduced out in Paris in 1935 in a restricted version, and a moment variation, “Printed for personal flow Only,” used to be issued within the usa ten years later. it truly is now to be had in paperback as a Revived glossy vintage, with an creation via George Wickes that illuminates the folk and private situations which inform Aller Retour big apple.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), I, 68 and III, 27. 1 20 According to Samuel L. , Columbia University Germanic Studies, 12 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1966), pp. 136-37, the sleigh, like the pageant wagon or float, is a vehicle for merrymaking. It is virtually synonymous with folly as stated in the titular caption to the 54th chapter of Sebastian Brant's Narrenschiff. Cf. Hanckel, "Narrendarstellung," p. 204. 1 1 WITTENWILER'S NARRATIVE IN ITS OWN CONTEXT 29 formal jousting.

And especially V. 1684, Iff. Peuckert, Ehe: Weiberzeit - Männerzeit - Saeterehe - Hofehe Freie Ehe (Hamburg: Ciaassen, 1955), pp. 400-02; Mittler, Das Recht, pp. 62-69. FESTIVAL AND FICTION IN WITTENWILER'S RING 42 Of folkloristic interest, furthermore, is the plighting of the ring which is quickly thrust onto the bride's finger for superstitious reasons, the "Lautmerung", and the assault on the groom by the menfolk who enact an initiatory or transitional rite by pulling Bertschi's hair after the ceremony.

Keller, Fastnachtspiele, nos. 36 and 43. Cf. Wiessner, Kommentar, pp. 70-71. 129 Geißler, Brautwerbung, pp. 3-4. 130 She beats and masturbates herself to the point of passionate yearning for the man responsible for her predicament and the stirring of her body. Thus love is finally requited, but Mätzli's feelings are strictly sexual in contrast to Bertschi's, whose intentions, though certainly not pure, are somewhat sublimated by a sense for exter­ nal propriety. And yet, with accustomed dry mock, Wittenwiler periphrases her carnal desires with the lofty formulaism of mystical and chivalrous love-lore.

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