Tropic of Cancer

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San Val, 1961 - Fiction - 318 pages
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Now hailed as an American classic, "Tropic of Cancer, " Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedomand frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s.

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The prose and writing is beautiful. - Goodreads
Sex scenes are not credible, excessive chest-pounding - Goodreads
Great intro to henry miller reading. - Goodreads
The patron writer of the working class artist. - Goodreads
Nice use of free association imagery. - Goodreads
The book has no narrative, plot or obvious direction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Walter Welle - Goodreads

The prose is amazing, the characters well written. Just a book that was as enjoyable as it was historically informative. Must read, though I wouldn't let my son read it until he's about15 Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Johnson - Goodreads

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes mad, sometimes too lugubrious...enjoyed most of the book. Sometimes the meandering was poetic art other times annoying. Pretty good overall. Read full review

About the author (1961)

Henry Miller, American novelist, was born in 1891 in New York City. His most famous works, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, were written while Miller was an expatriate living in Paris and were originally published in France in the mid-1930s. At that time, the two books were widely considered obscene in the United States, and they were banned from sale there until 1961. Some of Miller's other works include The Colossus of Maroussi and Big Sur and the Oranges of Heironymus Bosch. Henry Miller was married five times and he also had an extended love affair with Anais Nin. He died in 1980 in his Pacific Palisades, Calif., home.

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was a French-born American novelist and diarist. After publishing over a dozen books, she gained notoriety with the publication of The Diary of Anais Nin. There are thirteen published volumes based on her diary. The film Henry and June was also based on this diary.

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