Black Spring


One of the notable aspects of the book is that each story (with the exception of “The Angel is My Watermark!”) begins with an epigraph taken from the respective story which to varying degrees sums up a major theme of the story. The epigraph for “The Tailor Shop" contains the phrase “always merry and bright,” which would become the title of Jay Martin's unauthorized biography of Miller. The epigraph for “Into the Night Life…” —being “A Coney Island of the Mind”—became the title of a volume of poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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