Henry Miller: Expatriate

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University of Pittsburgh Press, Jun 15, 1961 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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“In 1934 the city of Paris saw the birth of a book, published in English, which achieved instantaneous notoriety. Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer unfolded the adventures of a loquacious, free-wheeling, appallingly uninhibited American expatriate. But the rollicking eloquence, determined gusto, and explosive imagery of this modern Rabelais barely concealed the figure of a lonely American writer, thoroughly immersed in a legendary American situation.”—from the Introduction


Baxter examines Miller’s relationship with his native land and with Europe through his writings and in the comments of his critics and friends, navigating through the inconsistencies and the evolution of his opinions as his experiences changed. Her insights offer a complex, nuanced evaluation of Miller as writer and as expatriate.

 

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Contents

I The Expatriate Stance
1
II America the Unbeautiful
23
IIIl Mine Eyes Havve Seen the Glory
55
IV The Plight and Funciton of the Artist
85
V Affirmations
101
VI Ambiguities
127
VII Henry Miller as Expatriate
149
VIII Critical View on Henry Miller as Expatriate and American
157
IX Postscripts
179
Bibliography
191
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Annette Baxter was Adolf S. and Effie Ochs Professor of American History at Barnard College.

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