Tropic of Cancer

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Quaint Press, 2012 - American fiction - 254 pages
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The classic, candid, and often shocking novel of ex-pat Paris in the 1930s has spoken to many generations of readers while also being part of the literary underground for nearly three decades, remaining unpublished in the United States until 1961. It is presented in a quality, affordable new paperback edition from Quaint Press. This edition retains breaks within chapters from the original (when collapsed in generic reprints, the author's intended transitions and timeline are lost).

Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980) was an accomplished author and artist. Born in New York City, he lived much of his life in Paris, France and Big Sur, California. He is the author of Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring, The Colossus of Maroussi, and Crazy Cock, among other novels and writings. Noted for his semi- autobiographical works that pushed the envelope of the novel form and of social acceptance, this classic book Tropic of Cancer helped to establish First Amendment law in 1964 when it was declared by the United States Supreme Court to be not obscene. Its legal imprimatur as literature virtually sounded the starting gun on the sexual revolution and the freedom in fiction known in the United States today.

George Orwell once called Miller "the only imaginative prose-writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past. Even if that is objected to as an overstatement, it will probably be admitted that Miller is a writer out of the ordinary, worth more than a single glance; and after all, he is a completely negative, unconstructive, amoral writer, a mere Jonah, a passive acceptor of evil, a sort of Whitman among the corpses." No book reflects this truth more than Tropic of Cancer.

If reading this book feels like a vaguely familiar experience, it is because the book was passed around furtively in so many formative years . . . or because so much literature today stands on its shoulders.

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I came to Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer many decades after its 1934 release in France, and its subsequent banning in this country. After its ground-breaking obscenity trial, it was finally published ... Read full review

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

I don't get it, this book is so-so at best. Like "On the Road" this book is about a down and out guy who mooches his way through life. Ground breaking because he wrote this in the 30's ok. I can see ... Read full review

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Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 - June 7, 1980) American novelist, was born 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 home in Pacific Palisades, California.

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