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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W hen the English, later the American, novel began in the late 17th century, it was profoundly associated with transgression. John Bunyan No 1 in this series wrote in prison. Daniel Defoe No 2 was put in the stocks. Writers of all sorts were seen and saw themselves as outsiders, renegades and troublemakers, an important theme in the history of the English novel. The more professional novelists became, with audiences to please, the further they moved from their reprobate origins. By the 20th century, however, the renegade frontier was to be found not in the wild west, but in Paris.
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Review: Tropic of Cancer
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.