Perles, Alfred

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Alfred Perles was born in Vienna to Czech parents. He was a writer who lived for many years in the literary circles of Paris, associating with writers such as Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. While in Paris, he published a magazine called "The Booster", which contained excerpts from the work of Miller, Durrell, and Anais Nin. One of his main claims to fame may be that he was the model for the character of "Carl", who figures in several of Miller's early autobiographical novels. Perles moved to England in around 1939 and later became a British citizen. He changed his last name to Barret in later life. Perles works include "My Friend Henry Miller", "Art and Outrage"(with Durrell), "A Correspondence About Henry Miller" (consisting of letters between Perles and Lawrence Durrell), and "Scenes from a Floating Life"(autobiography).

From the description of Alfred Perles fonds, 1938-1960. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 646006255

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Henry Miller collection. [1937-1963]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Durrell, Lawrence. Lawrence Durrell collection. [1950-2001]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Robitaille, Gérald. Gérald Robitaille letters, 1951-1967. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Peter Neagoe Papers, 1928-1967 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Perlès, Alfred. Alfred Perles fonds, 1938-1960. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Manning, Hugo. Papers, 1942-1977. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963. John Cowper Powys collection. [1953-1956]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Letters and cards (47), photographs (17), books and printed ephemera (11), and enclosures (20) : to Suzen Kahaner, 1966-1972 bulk 1966. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Papers of Henry Miller [manuscript] 1932-1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Letter to Margaret Crosland [manuscript], 1955 February 9. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Durrell, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Manning, Hugo. person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Neagoe, Peter. person
associatedWith Neville Spearman Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977. person
associatedWith Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963. person
associatedWith Rives, Anne. person
correspondedWith Robitaille, Gérald. person
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Active 1938

Active 1960



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SNAC ID: 46355625