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date: 16 June 2024

Miller, Henrylocked

Miller, Henrylocked

  • David Ryan

Extract

Henry Miller's writing is perhaps best known for having set precedent, along with James Joyce's Ulysses and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, in redefining legal and aesthetic distinctions between art and obscenity in the twentieth century. A truly enigmatic American writer, his first and most famous book, Tropic of Cancer (1934), originally published in France, was banned in the United States for some thirty years because of its frank sexual content. Several of Miller's subsequent books followed suit: Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939), and part of the trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion could be obtained in the United States only illegally until the 1960s.

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  • North American Literatures

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