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The unknown Henry Miller : a seeker in Big Sur

Author: Arthur Hoyle
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books-beginning with Tropic of Cancer-were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry Miller; Henry Miller; Henry Miller
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Hoyle
ISBN: 9781611458992 1611458994
OCLC Number: 867283606
Description: xiii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Paris years --
Interlude in Greece --
Adrift in America --
Settling in Big Sur --
A writer in Big Sur --
Marriage and family --
A year of crisis --
The rosy crucifixion --
Europe beckons --
Farewell to Big Sur --
Celebrity --
The Henry Miller legacy --
Appendix A. "Notes on H.M." by June Lancaster --
Appendix B. Horoscope of Henry Millery by Conrad Moricand --
Appendix C. "O lake of light" by Henry Miller --
Appendix D. Academic survey findings.
Responsibility: Arthur Hoyle.

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"Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books-beginning with Tropic of Cancer-were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty. The Unknown Henry Miller recounts Miller's career from its beginnings in Paris in the 1930s but focuses on his years living in Big Sur, California, from 1944 to 1961, during which he wrote many of his most important books, including The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, married and divorced twice, raised two children, painted watercolors, and tried to live out an aesthetic and personal credo of self-realization. Written with the cooperation of the Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and other estates, The Unknown Henry Miller quotes extensively from Miller's correspondence in order to offer the reader direct experience of the author and man. It also draws on material not available to previous biographers, including interviews with Lepska Warren, Miller's third wife, and revelations from unpublished portions of Anais Nin's diaries. Behind the "bad boy" image, the author finds a man with devoted friendships, whose challenge of literary sexual taboos was part of a broader assault on the dehumanization of man and commercialization during the postwar years. He puts Miller's alleged misogyny in the context of his satire of sexual mores in general, and makes the case for restoring this groundbreaking writer to his rightful place in the American literary canon."--

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"The best book ever written about my father." --Tony Miller "The Unknown Henry Miller is a fascinating book, filled with insight and revelations. If you are passionate about Miller's work, this book Read more...

 
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