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Miller, Malcolm, 1930-2014
Malcolm Miller (1930-2014)
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Malcolm Miller papers
contain all forms of literature of this Salem, Massachusetts writer, including
novels, short stories, and poems.
SERIES I. Novels SERIES II. Plays SERIES III. Prose Poem SERIES IV. Novel Fragment SERIES V. Short Stories SERIES VI. Poems
Scope and Content Note
The Malcolm Miller papers contain all forms of literature of this Salem,
Massachusetts writer, including novels, short stories, and poems. Much of the
material dates from the later 1980s and early 1990s, and reflects a New England
costal town setting, specifically the North Shore. Others are set in Montreal. The
collection is divided into six series: Novels, Plays, Prose Poem, Novel Fragment,
Short Stories, and Poems. Each series is arranged alphabetically. All manuscripts
are typed, undated, and signed by Miller. A complete listing of the short stories
and poems can be found in Appendix I.
Malcolm Miller was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on
October 20, 1930. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and has
served in the United States Navy. Mr. Miller was a prolific poet whose first book,
"The Kings Have Donned Their Final Mask," was chosen one of the Fifty Books of the
Year 1969 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Notable among his dozens of
poetry titles are "The Emperor of Massachusetts" (1970) and "The Summer of the True
Gods" (1978). He turned to self-publishing 58 collections of poetry including "Into
the Higher Air" (1992), "The Country of Pure Music" (1992), "Poems that Need You"
(1993), "Amazing Stranger" (1998), and "I Have Wasted My Life So Beautifully"
He gave up writing because of ill health in 2013, shortly after he was selected
as the featured writer in the literary magazine "Soundings East." Miller authored
many letters to the editors of the Salem News, the
Jewish Journal and the Boston
Globe. He died on September 5, 2014 of natural causes.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
The bulk of this material was purchased in January 1991 (acc #90072). Two poems were
donated by the author in March 1992 (acc #92002). Two additional poems were donated
by the author in October 1993 (acc #93035). The manuscript of "The River of Muddy
Water Bears Gold" was purchased in August 1994 (acc #94024).
Collection processed by Jane E. Ward, January 1991. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
The bulk of this material was purchased in January 1991 (acc #90072). Two poems were donated by the author in March 1992 (acc #92002). Two additional poems were donated by the author in October 1993 (acc #93035). The manuscript of “The River of Muddy Water Bears Gold” was purchased in August 1994 (acc #94024).