Tropic of Cancer

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Grove Press, 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 27 years after its publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American cesorship standards 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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This book, which surely inspired the likes of Keroauc and the rest of the beats, was a combination of so many things: stories, memoirs, essays. Miller succeeds in capturing the essence of Paris ... Read full review

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Tropic of Cancer is beautifully written given that most of its subject matter is pretty hideous. Miller is clearly a poet, and even some of his more disgusting observations were rendered in truly ... Read full review

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22
Section 2
37
Section 3
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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.

Writer and diarist Anais Nin was born February 21, 1903 in Neuilly, France to a Catalan father and a Danish mother. She spent many of her childhood years with her Cuban relatives. Later, she became a naturalized American citizen. She is best known for her journals,"The Diary of Anais Nin, Vols. I-VII" and her erotic fiction. In fact, Nin was one of the raliest writers of erotica for women. She also wrote the book "Henry and June' which was made into a movie of the same name in 1990. In 1973 Anaīs Nin received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974. She died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, on January 14, 1977.

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