Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur CA

I had a chance to visit Henry Miller Memorial Library when we visited Big Sur during the 4th July long weekend. Big Sur is a beautiful place with lovely restaurants, excellent food and breath-taking views. It also houses some art galleries and this quaint library dedicated to the American writer, Henry Miller.

Miller lived in Big Sur from 1944 to 1962. He wrote his memoir on life in Big Sur here where he described the joys and hardships of escaping ‘the air-conditioned nightmare’ of modern life. His writings were unconventional and often controversial with topics ranging from character study, social criticism and philosophical observations. His language was often explicit and several of his works have been banned over various time periods.

His writing style was a mix of memoirs and fiction that gave a surreal impression.

The library is a non-profit organization showcasing Henry Miller’s writings and some of his possessions. It has converted into an art centre where some or the other culture event is always happening – be it book signing, music shows or local artisan displays. It is indeed a very interesting place.

The interior of the library is eccentric, quirky and has a very artsy vibe. Books, posters and vintage records are available on sale. While most books are by Henry Miller and on Big Sur, you will find popular bestsellers too.

We almost missed the place but I am glad we dropped in. it is a beautiful place. One can wind up their Big Sur trip with a trip here.

Information sources: http://www.henrymiller.org/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Miller, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur

Location: Highway One

Landmark: Opposite Nepenthe Cafe

Verdict: Must Visit!

Big Sur Art Culture

Big Sur Art Culture

Big Sur Art Culture

Can you spot a cow head skull on the top?

Big Sur Art Culture

Preparing for a book reading event in evening

Big Sur Art Culture

Big Sur Art Culture

Don’t forget to peek into the bathroom

Big Sur Art Culture

The housecat. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Big Sur Art Culture

Magical, surreal world

Big Sur Art Culture

Big Sur Art Culture

One can spend hours looking at the wall posters, paintings and slogans.

Big Sur Art Culture

Vintage records on sale. A collector’s paradise.

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5 thoughts on “Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur CA

  1. dnambiar11

    Nice. Didn’t know there was a library there. Glad you got to see it. We wanted to visit Nepenthe Cafe, but it didn’t work. 😦

    • Both are good – the library and Nepenthe! Never mind, next time. (You coming back, right?)

      • dnambiar11

        I don’t know yet, Neh. 😦
        Ah! Terrible, terrible mixed feelings.

  2. I had no idea there was a library in Big Sur. Will try to visit this place next time I am there.

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