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Miller, Henry. (1891 - 1980).

L i f e

- spent the money to support him on the university on travelling with his mistress, left without degree

- underwent a variety of odd jobs, including a post with a telegraph company, responsible for accepting employees > the knowledge of people, mostly odd and poor figures

- became convinced of the absurdity of society and life in general

- became a nihilist x but: desired to learn the European culture and people and spent a decade of bohemian life in Paris

W o r k

- produced largely autobiographical and rather unorganised mixtures of impressions and ideas

- boasted with his obscenity and sexual frankness, dismissed both literary and social conventions, and wrote a kind of anti-novels springing from the economical and political crisis

Tropic of Cancer (1931):

- an autobiographical account of his Paris years

- the rich historical heritage of Paris x the emptiness of America

Black Spring (1936)
Tropic of Capricorn (1939)
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945):

- an attack on the American society

The Rosy Cruxifixion (a trilogy):

Sexus (1949)

> Plexus (1953)

> Nexus (1960)

- a reconciliation with the American society and a shift from nihilism to a Transcendentalist optimism


"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive".

From Tropic of Cancer (1931).


(Photo: Carl Van Vechten. 1940. Source: Wikipedia).

  • Author

    Henry (Valentine) Miller. (1891 - 1980). American.
  • Work

    Novelist. Author of Tropic of Cancer (1931).
  • Genre

    Modern fiction. Autobiography.


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