Henry Miller Biography


Type: Writer

Born: December 26, 1891

Died: June 7, 1980

Henry Valentine Miller was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are "Tropic of Cancer" (1934), "Black Spring" (1936), "Tropic of Capricorn" (1939) and "The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy" (1949–59), all of which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris, and all of which were banned in the United States until 1961. He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted watercolors.

Henry Miller Quotes

Living with a whore-even the best whore in the world-isn't a bed of roses.

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar.

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race

He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment.

I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.

The world around me is dissolving leaving here and there spots of time. The world is a cancer eating itself away.

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