Henry Miller

Henry Miller, 1891–1980, American author, b. New York City. Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasiphilosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident. After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif. Miller's first two works, Tropic of Cancer (Paris, 1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (Paris, 1939), were denied publication in the United States because of alleged obscenity until a landmark legal decision (1961) overturned the ban. The Colossus of Maroussi (1941), a travel book of modern Greece, is considered by some critics his best work. His other writings include the Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy—Sexus (1949), Plexus (1953), and Nexus (1960).

See his selected writings in N. Mailer, ed., Genius and Lust (1976); his autobiography, My Life and Times (1972); memoir by K. Winslow (1986); biographies by J. Miller (1978) and R. Ferguson (1991); W. A. Gordon, The Mind and Art of Henry Miller (1967), E. B. Mitchell, ed., Henry Miller (1971), N. Mailer, Black Messiah (1981), F. Turner, ed. Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred (1991) and as author Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of Tropic of Cancer (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Henry Miller: Selected full-text books and articles

Henry Miller and the Critics By George Wickes Southern Illinois University Press, 1963
Tropic of Cancer By Henry Miller Grove Press, 1961
The Colossus of Maroussi By Henry Miller New Directions, 1958
The Cosmological Eye By Henry Miller New Directions, 1939
Henry Miller: Years of Trial & Triumph, 1962-1964: the Correspondence of Henry Miller and Elmer Gertz By Henry Miller; Elmer Gertz; Felice Flanery Lewis Southern Illinois University Press, 1978
The Maze in the Mind and the World: Labyrinths in Modern Literature By Donald Gutierrez Whitston, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "'Hypocrite Lecteur': Tropic of Cancer as Sexual Comedy"
Writers and Philosophers: A Sourcebook of Philosophical Influences on Literature By Edmund J. Thomas; Eugene G. Miller Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Henry Miller begins on p. 139
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