Henry Miller, (born Dec. 26, 1891, New York City—died June 7, 1980, Pacific Palisades, Calif., U.S.), U.S. writer and perennial Bohemian whose autobiographical novels achieve a candour—particularly about sex—that made them a liberating influence in mid-20th-century literature. He is also notable for a free and easy American style and a gift for comedy that springs from his willingness to admit to feelings others conceal and an almost eager acceptance of the bad along with the good. Because of their sexual frankness, his major works were banned in Britain and the United States until the 1960s, but they were widely known earlier from copies smuggled in from France.
Miller was brought up in Brooklyn, and he wrote about his childhood experiences there in Black Spring (1936). In 1924 he left his job with Western Union in New York to devote himself to writing. In 1930 he went to France. Tropic of Cancer (published in France in 1934, in the United States in 1961… read more
"The most dazzling possibilities enfold us. We are infused and invested with powers and energies heretofore undreamed of. The heroic work of our forerunners seems now like the work of sacrificial victims. It is not necessary to repeat their sacrifices. It is for us to enjoy the fruits. The past lies in ruins, the future yawns invitingly."- Henry Miller