Tropic of Cancer by Henry MillerNow hailed as an American classic Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, 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. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century.
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Tropic of Cancer , autobiographical novel by Henry Miller , published in France in and, because of censorship , not published in the United States until The book benefited from favourable early critical response and gained popular notoriety later as a result of obscenity trials. Containing little by way of plot, Tropic of Cancer is composed of anecdotes , philosophizing, and rambling celebrations of life. Despite his poverty, Miller extols his manner of living, unfettered as it is by moral and social conventions. He lives largely off the resources of his friends. In exuberant and sometimes preposterous passages of unusual sexual frankness, he chronicles numerous encounters with women, including his own mysterious wife in the character Mona , as he pursues his fascination with female sexuality. Tropic of Cancer was the first of an autobiographical trilogy, followed by Black Spring and Tropic of Capricorn
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Brownworth, The Baltimore Sun. It was the book of someone whose fidelity to himself had conquered the narrow confines in which we normally hem the range of subjects permissible to art. It corroded and blistered where Joyce merely divagated and discharged. Into this portmanteau of confused stories, images and essays, Miller poured the better self of a great man. I am living at the Villa Borghese. There is not a crumb of dirt anywhere, nor a chair misplaced.
What happens when the unreliable narrator turns out to be the cultural critic? What we write about fiction is never an objective response to a text; it is always part of a bigger mythmaking — the story we are telling ourselves about ourselves. That story changes. George Orwell, writing in about Henry Miller, has very different preoccupations from Kate Millett writing about Miller in Millett does notice that half the world has been billeted to the whorehouse, and wonders what this tells us about both Henry Miller and the psyche and sexuality of the American male.
Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller that has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality" and as responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature". In , the U. Supreme Court declared the book non-obscene. It is regarded as an important work of 20th-century literature. I am living at the Villa Borghese.